Payne convicted of DUI; murder charge pending

blog-payne-small.jpgThe former Crozet whose smiling mugshot belied the severity of her alleged crimes was convicted yesterday of driving under the influence of alcohol in a Chesterfield County Court. The murder charge against Kelly Dinelle Payne, 33, will be tried later, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, which has been following the case.

Payne allegedly ran over Richmond pedestrian Ashokkumar Patel, 51, with a pickup truck on March 7, according to the Times-Dispatch. It was Payne's 2002 DUI conviction in Albemarle County that made her a habitual offender, a fact underscored by her 2001 arrest for her hit-and-run killing of a 13-year-old girl in Tennessee.

She is still being held without bond.