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Villager’s son charged in fatal fall from golf cart appears to be ready to change plea

Timothy Jacob Foxworth

A man charged with leaving a woman to die after she fell from his parents’ golf cart in The Villages appears to be ready to change his plea in the case.

Timothy Jacob Foxworth, 38, had been visiting his parents in the Village of Gilchrist when he was arrested July 16, 2017. He met 51-year-old Shelly Osterhout, of Fort Myers, at City Fire at Brownwood. They left together in his parents’ golf cart, from which she fell, suffering the fatal injury. Foxworth told police he “panicked,” dragged her body into a flower bed and drove away. She was discovered by Good Samaritans who called for an ambulance. She later died at Ocala Regional Medical Center.

Shelly Osterhout

Foxworth, through his attorney, on Aug. 22, 2017 entered a written plea of not guilty in the case.

He is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. May 20 before Judge William H. Hallman III in Sumter County Court. Foxworth’s court file indicates he is scheduled to enter a plea that day.

He is facing a charge of DUI manslaughter, a second degree felony.

If he is ready to change his plea, it would come after Foxworth has suffered a series of legal setbacks.

Hallman denied a motion from Foxworth’s attorney for a dismissal of the case. The dismissal had been based in part on an expert witness who blamed Osterhout for the fall from the golf cart.

Timothy Jacob Foxworth

“It is undisputed that the Defendant fled from the scene of this incident in the golf cart because he had been drinking and was afraid of going to jail. He was later found and made admissions to this,” said Assistant State Attorney William James Catto.

Foxworth, on his personal Facebook page, indicates he is “self employed” working for Golden Considerations Inc., a funeral planning business.

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