GENEVA CO., Ala. (WDHN) — Here in the wiregrass, 19-year-old William Jackson Birdsong, the son of Geneva County Schools Superintendent Becky Birdsong, was in court Wednesday for a youthful offender hearing.

He’s been charged with manslaughter in a June 2021 wreck that killed a Florida Panhandle woman, and seriously injured another woman.

Birdsong is also charged with second-degree assault in relation to the three-car pileup he allegedly caused when his car rear-ended another in a construction zone on State Highway 167, just south of Hartford.

According to court records, Birdsong may have been driving distracted or under the influence of marijuana when he crashed.

He is now out on bond and his next court appearance is scheduled for November 3rd.

If the judge does grant him youthful offender status, Birdsong’s case will be sealed from the media and the public.