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Woman accused of killing 2 on motorcycle waives hearing

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Candace Beheler appears before a judge where she waived her right to a bond hearing Thursday. (May 24, 2012/FOX Carolina) Candace Beheler appears before a judge where she waived her right to a bond hearing Thursday. (May 24, 2012/FOX Carolina)
A cross marks the spot where a Chesnee couple died in a motorcycle crash Sunday. (May 24, 2012/FOX Carolina) A cross marks the spot where a Chesnee couple died in a motorcycle crash Sunday. (May 24, 2012/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The woman accused of killing a Chesnee couple riding their motorcycle then fleeing from the crash scene appeared before a judge Thursday.

Candace Beheler, 37, had a scheduled bond hearing Thursday afternoon but waived her right to the hearing. Her public defender said she would wait to see a circuit court judge instead.

Troopers said Beheler hit Jeremy Phillips, 25, and Danielle Hazelrigg, 26, head-on, then got out of her car and ran away, leaving the engaged couple to die at the intersection of Peachtree and Shortcut roads about 2 p.m. Sunday.

Behele was arrested in Rutherford County where she lives, troopers said.

Family and friends of Phillips and Hazelrigg were in the courtroom Thursday, ready to talk about their loved ones.

"It was really hard to believe," said Dale Welchel, Phillips' boss. "It was the worst news that anyone could hear that a dear friend and employee was killed liked that was devastating."

Friends said the couple was filled with faith and that faith is keeping some of them from being mad at Beheler.

"Mercy has been granted to her by the Lord that she got to live and maybe she can get her life together spiritually," said Hazelrigg's cousin Renee Chapman.

Prosecutors said more charges may be added in this case. Beheler was charged with two counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving death, one count of failure to yield left turn, driving without insurance, having an improper tag and driving under suspension.

They said they are still looking into how Beheler got to North Carolina and are still undecided if a passenger in her car who also left the scene will face charges.

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