A MAN from Bratton Fleming has appeared for the first time before Exeter Crown Court accused of causing the death of two friends in a fireball car crash.
Jason Huxtable, 22, did not make a plea and was released on bail after a timetable was set for the future progress of his case.
Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, Recorder of the City of Exeter, adjourned the case for a new hearing on April 19 when a plea is expected to be taken and directions for any trial set down.
Huxtable, of Parsonage Farm, Bratton Fleming, is charged with causing the death of Emma Kift and Johnny Popple while driving with almost twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood.
He is also accused of driving other than in accordance with a licence and without insurance.
Emma Kift, aged 21, and Johnny Popple, aged 23, both from Bratton Fleming, died in a crash at Loxhore Cross, near Barnstaple, on June 1 last year in which the emergency service were called to a car which had rolled into a field and caught light.
After the accident tributes were paid to both victim, with Emma described as a devoted mother.