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Pahrump community questions fatal DUI's suspect's quick release from custody

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Ashley Winn (Source: Nye County Sheriff's Office) Ashley Winn (Source: Nye County Sheriff's Office)

A viewer reached out to FOX5 asking for answers. He wanted to know why a woman, suspected of killing one person and critically injuring another while driving under the influence, was released from jail without posting bail.

Ashley Winn struck a couple in Pahrump with her vehicle Saturday.

According to the Pahrump Valley Times, Christine Weir and fiancé Brian Choiniere had been together for 19 years and had just bought a home together.

Choiniere survived the vehicle crash with serious injuries. Weir was killed.

Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly said that because the crash involved a fatality, the Nevada Highway Patrol took over the investigation.

Winn was arrested and was being booked into Nye County Detention Center. Her bail was set at $200,000. However, Judge Kent Jasperson decided to release her on personal recognizance.

Wehrly said she doesn’t know why Winn was released.

The next morning, Jasperson changed his mind and ordered Winn to turn herself back in. Winn was then booked. Her bond, however, was reduced from $200,000 to $50,000.

The Pahrump Valley Times suggested Winn was released initially because of who she knows. According to the paper, Winn has a child with Nye County Sheriff’s Deputy Joey Marshall and the child’s grandfather is former Undersheriff Rick Marshall.  

Choiniere has since been released from University Medical Center in Las Vegas. Attempts to reach Jasperson for comment Thursday were unsuccessful.

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