A Lee County judge revoked the bond for the teen sentenced in connection to the 2019 deadly crash that claimed the lives of Rod Bramblett, the voice of the Auburn Tigers, and his wife, Paula.

Johnston Edward Taylor, 19, was out on a $60,000 bond for a June 2022 arrest in which he was charged with six counts of possession of child pornography. After failing a drug test with his parole officer in December, Lee County District Judge Russell Bush revoked his bond Wednesday during a bond hearing.

Taylor is once again being held in the Lee County Detention Center.

2019 Deadly Crash

Taylor was previously sentenced for the May 25, 2019, deadly crash that happened on Shug Jordan Parkway. Prosecutors charged him with manslaughter and claimed he was driving 89 miles per hour in a 55-mile-per-hour zone when he slammed into the Brambletts, who were stopped at a traffic light. Both Rod and Paula Bramblett were airlifted to the hospital, where Paula was pronounced dead, and Rod later died from a closed head injury.

The Auburn University community came together for the Bramblett family and their children following the tragic deaths.

The sentencing records in the manslaughter case are sealed because Taylor, who was 16 at the time of the crash, was granted youthful offender status.

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