A probable cause hearing was rescheduled for a Garden City man facing allegations of second-degree murder, driving under the influence and reckless driving after fatally rear-ending a motorcyclist Saturday in Garden City.
Bashir Omar, 31, 312 W. Mary St., will appear in court today for a probable cause hearing at 8:30 a.m. The probable cause hearing scheduled on Tuesday was postponed so that translation services could be secured, according to a clerk at the Finney County District Court.
Omar was driving southbound in the 2400 block of Fleming Street at about 6:57 p.m. Saturday in a 2002 Jeep Liberty, and Robert Becker, 67, of Garden City, was also southbound on Fleming Street riding a 2009 Kawasaki motorcycle. Witnesses told Garden City police that Omar’s vehicle rear-ended Becker’s motorcycle and caused it to crash. Becker was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say Omar showed signs of impairment when officers made contact with him and conducted a field sobriety test. He was arrested and lodged in the Finney County jail, initially on allegations of involuntary manslaughter, reckless driving and DUI.
According to Finney County Attorney Susan Richmeier, District Judge Robert Frederick set Omar’s bail at $125,000 on Sunday and changed the involuntary manslaughter count to an allegation of second-degree murder committed unintentionally but recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.