A Glencoe man to be tried for the death last year of a Jacksonville woman has pleaded not guilty, according to court records, waiving a hearing set for Thursday.

A Calhoun County grand jury in March indicted Christopher Sean Austin, 41, on a manslaughter charge nearly a year after Austin was involved in an April 2016 wreck that killed Suzanne Spiceland Michelson. The grand jury’s indictment noted Austin was traveling in the wrong lane of Alabama 204 when the head-on collision between his vehicle and Michelson’s occurred.

Austin’s Gadsden-based attorney, Clark Hall, the week after his client was indicted entered a plea of not guilty and waived an arraignment scheduled for Thursday. Efforts to reach Hall on Wednesday were unsuccessful.

Circuit Judge Debra Jones, reached by phone Wednesday, said a trial date would be set after Hall and prosecutors have reviewed evidence relevant to the case.

The 49-year-old Michelson was a Constantine Elementary School librarian and well-known runner in Anniston.

She’d planned to reach a goal of running a marathon in all 50 of the country’s states this year. Her widower, Mike Michelson, has carried on that plan in her stead.

Reached by email Wednesday, Michelson declined to comment on the case.


Staff writer Zach Tyler: 256-235-3564. On Twitter @ZTyler_Star.