The 19-year-old Buckley woman charged with vehicular homicide in the death of Puyallup activist Eric Renz is back in jail, accused of violating the terms of her release pending trial by allegedly shoplifting at the Bonney Lake Walmart.
Court Commissioner Meagan Foley upped Kallie James’ bail from $250,000 to $500,000 and ordered her taken into custody during a Wednesday hearing in Pierce County Superior Court.
James last month pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide in the death of Renz, who was hit by a car as he pedaled his bicycle near the Washington State Fairgrounds.
Renz for decades served as a Presbyterian pastor and was active in the Freezing Nights campaign, in which Puyallup-area churches provide shelter and meals to homeless people during the winter months. He also ran unsuccessfully for the state House last year. He was 66.
Police said James was impaired at the time of the crash, and she allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana and taking an anti-depressant before getting behind the wheel, court records show.
At that time, she was ordered jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail pending trial. She made bail and was released with the proviso that she stay out of trouble until her case was resolved.
Prosecutors contend she did not abide by that condition.
Deputy prosecutor Tim Jones wrote in court documents that James was cited Dec. 30 for third-degree theft after allegedly trying to steal something from Walmart. She pleaded not guilty to that charge in Bonney Lake Municipal Court earlier this month and was released, but Jones called her back into Superior Court on Wednesday and asked that her bail be increased in the Renz matter.