The woman charged with killing three children at a school bus stop near Rochester will head to trial in the middle of October.
The date was set at a pre-trial conference Thursday afternoon.
Alyssa Shepherd, the driver of the truck that killed three children did not appear at the courthouse Thursday.
Instead, her defense attorney met with Prosecutor Michael Marrs.
They set a trial date and will meet again at a pre-conference meeting in July.
It was a closed-door meeting at the Fulton County Courthouse. A trial date was set for October 15, just two weeks before the one year anniversary of the deaths of Alivia Stahl and her twin brothers Mason and Xzavier Ingle.
Their mom Brittany Ingle said the entire situation is hard.
“Is there anger? Absolutely," said Ingle, mother of the victims. "But you aren’t going to get anywhere with that, so my husband and I take the high road."
Fulton County Prosecutor Michael Marrs said the trial schedule was already booked through July.
“It’s a ways off, but in this business, it’s within a year," said Marrs. "The event occurred October 30. We wanted to get it done within a year. But as far as the length of time, I think yeah, given the magnitude of the case. I think everybody wants to make sure they are ready to go."
Shepherd is facing five separate charges: three counts of Reckless Homicide, one count of Criminal Recklessness, and one count of passing a school bus with the stop arm extended.
“If those all ran consecutively, she could face up to 21 and a half years,” said Marrs.
Right now, the trial is expected to stay in Fulton County. Marrs said there’s been a lot of attention on this specific case.
“We certainly want to get some closure this year, for everyone involved we want to get some closure," said Marrs. "If that requires a trial, than that’s what we’ll have to do."
As the victim’s parents wait for October, they say they spend their time focusing on the positives.
“ My husband and I are very passionate about keeping our children’s memory alive," said Ingle. "We kind of just stepped back and let the courts do their job. Let the justice system work it out and channel our energy into something positive."
Ingle said there are days they don’t want to get out of bed, but focusing on their children’s memory gives them the passion to keep going.
They will attend the trial in October.