Twenty-three-year-old Rashad Owens’ legal counsel said they had filed final requests for evidence on Thursday, October 15 and that they are ready for the trial that is scheduled to commence by the end of the month.
Owens was arrested after the deadly crash that claimed four lives during the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas in March of 2014. He pleaded not guilty to the charges of capital murder and four counts of murder in September before Travis County State District Judge Cliff Brown.
The court appearance serves as Owens’ last hearing before jury selection is set to begin on Monday, October 26. The search for jurors is expected to include four panels of more than seventy people each as lawyers work to round up twelve individuals to serve on the jury.
Defense attorneys will focus on exploring Owens’ mental state at the time of the accident, and are expected to argue that when he swerved to avoid a parked car before colliding with the pedestrians, he was taking measures to avoid a potentially deadly wreck.
Forty-three-year-old North Texas resident Benjamin Todd Stewart, who caused a fatal drunk driving accident in Arlington in 2013, was found guilty of intoxication manslaughter by a jury on September 4, The Brownsville Herald reported.
The Tarrant County jury deliberated over the case for two days in Fort Worth before ruling that Stewart guilty was guilty of one count of failure to stop and render aid and three counts of intoxication manslaughter.
Stewart’s sentencing is to be presided over by Texas District Judge Scott Wisch, who ordered an investigation prior to better inform the sentencing.
Driving while intoxicated is a serious offense in Texas and should not be taken lightly. The effects of an alcohol-related crime like this can affect both your personal and private life, and it is critical to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney as early on in the process as possible. If you find yourself facing a DWI or related charge in Texas, the legal team at Ian Inglis Attorney at Law may advocate for your interests. Call our offices today at (512) 472-1950 to learn more.
A grand jury indicted 40-year-old Austin resident Wade Atwood for a driving while impaired (DWI) charge instead of an intoxication manslaughter charge for the incident that resulted in the death of 32-year-old Kelly Noel, Radio NB reported on July 30.
According to reports, Atwood drove out of a Wendy’s parking lot onto the northbound frontage road of I-35 near 7th Street and did not notice Noel walking near his vehicle. He hit her, resulting in her death. Atwood had a BAC of .102 percent, not far over the legal limit of .08. Noel, however, was found to have a BAC three times over the legal limit.
Enlisting the assistance of a criminal defense attorney could be critical to getting your charges reduced or altogether dismissed. If you have been charged with a DWI or another alcohol-related crime in the Austin area, criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis Attorney at Law may aid in your defense. Call him today at (512) 472-1950 to confidentially discuss your case.