Family of man accused of fatal high speed chase speaks out

MONROE, Mich. (WXYZ) - With a tattoo reading "Cry Later," 19-year-old Austin Hall-Sheedy flashed an eerie smile for 7 Action News cameras before his arraignment in a Monroe County court room.

He was charged with one count of Unarmed Robbery and another count of Fleeing and Eluding Causing Death.

He is accused of leading police on a high-speed chase, which lasted about three minutes, through a busy area of Monroe and smashing into another car, killing the driver.

The chase ended after the accident on South Monroe and Jones. Diana Cupp, 59, who was leaving a Kroger parking lot, was killed instantly. 

Hall-Sheedy's mother and grandmother raced to the courtroom Wednesday afternoon, but did not make it in time for the hearing.

The judge decided Hall-Sheedy will have no contact with his girlfriend who was in the car with him when the crash happened.

Prosecutors told the court she was fearful of him.

He is also to have no contact with Cupp's family.

Hall-Sheedy's family told 7 Action News he has a history of mental illness and was just committed a month ago.

His mother and grandmother would not answer many questions until they spoke to their attorney.

However, they do say they tried to have Hall-Sheedy hospitalized just last Friday.

Hall-Sheedy was taken to the Monroe County Jail on $1,000,000 bond. 

If convicted, he could spend 15 years in prison.  He will appear in court on April 3.

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