FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The trial started Wednesday morning at a juvenile court in Fort Worth for a teenager accused of driving drunk and killing four people. The 16-year-old suspect admitted responsibility for the deaths, in front of relatives of the victims and also his own relatives.
Several families in North Texas were affected by the Father’s Day weekend crash near Burleson. Brian Jennings was among those who died. The father of three was a youth pastor at Alsbury Baptist Church in Burleson. He had just left his son’s graduation party when he stopped to help a stranded driver.
However, according to Tarrant County deputies, that is when a pickup truck struck Jennings and others who were all standing near the disabled vehicle. Four people died. Two other people were severely hurt.
The accused teen had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit. At a hearing after the crash, a judge agreed to release the teenage suspect to his parents, but he had to wear an ankle monitor.
Defense attorneys argued Wednesday that the teen should receive probation and not spend time in juvenile jail. Reagan Wynn plans to prove that his client is the product of “profoundly dysfunctional parents” who set no boundaries and failed to supervise their son. Wynn said that a toxic environment led the teenager to abuse alcohol and other substances.
The crash expert prosecutors presented at the trial testified that the teen accelerated into crash, never hit his brakes and hit his victims at 70+ MPH.
A judge will ultimately decide if the teen is legally responsible for committing intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault.
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