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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The punishment phase of the trial for a man who admitted causing a driving drunk crash that eventually took the life of a little boy began Tuesday with police dashcam video. Those in the courtroom watched as Stewart Richardson slurred his words and attempted to complete a field sobriety test.
The video was captured in 2009, moments after Richardson slammed into the vehicle driven by the family of Abdullah Khader. The crash left the then 2-year-old in a vegetative state.
On the recording you see and hear an officer with the Arlington Police Department asking Richardson questions and him admitting to drinking six or seven beers. There is also video of Richardson trying to walk in a straight line and follow visual commands.
Khader eventually died six years after the crash. Police say Richardson’s truck crushed him as he sat in his car seat.
Khader’s older half-brother, Ghazi Khader, who was also in the car, took the stand Tuesday. He told jurors how he was laying down in the back seat and playing with his brother right before the crash.
The prosecutor asked Ghazi, “How were you playing with him?” He recalled, “He was sucking his thumb and I used to suck his other thumb just to kind of pick on him. He was getting irritated and he started telling me, ‘get up, get up,’ and as soon as I got up we were hit. So, he basically saved my life.”
Richardson has been convicted of seven previous DWI’s in other states. For this crime he faces between two and 20 years in prison, but the judge could increase that to 99 years in prison if the prior convictions are factored in.
Just before lunchtime, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner was on the witness stand. Abdullah Khader’s mother is scheduled to take the stand later today.
Richardson is also expected to testify, but it could be days before that happens.
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