Wesley A. Swann, 22, was arraigned Thursday on a charge of vehicular manslaughter.
He appeared before Ada County Magistrate Howard Smyser, who told Swann that bail was set by statute at $75,000.
“I was wondering if I could possibly get my bond lowered,” Swann said.
Smyser said he could not address that during the arraignment, but it could be taken up during a later hearing.
“You can talk to your lawyer about that,” Smyser said.
Swann said his family was working to hire a lawyer for his defense. Smyser told him if that didn’t work out, he could come back and seek a public defender.
Swann is accused of being under the influence of methamphetamine when he lost control of his Honda motorcycle and hit a tree at 8:15 a.m. on Sept. 2.
Joslyn Johnson, 21, was thrown from the back of Swann’s motorcycle and hit a tree, Smyser said in recounting the circumstances. Johnson was wearing a helmet but succumbed to her injuries.
Smyser told Swann that he could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted. Swann is scheduled to return to court June 23 for a preliminary hearing.