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Teddie Whitefield's Trial Postponed Again

The bench trial for a former on-duty Wichita Falls police officer, involved in a car crash that killed two girls and an unborn baby, is now postponed.
The bench trial for a former on-duty Wichita Falls police officer, involved in a car crash that killed two girls and an unborn baby, is now postponed.

In March, former officer Teddie Whitefield waived his right to a jury trial and entered judicial confessions to three counts of criminally negligent homicide.

Monday marked three years since investigators say Whitefield was driving at least 80 miles an hour without lights or a siren on Jacksboro Highway when he crashed into a car carrying 13-year-old Gloria Montoya and 18-year-old Yeni Lopez, who was eight months pregnant at the time.

According to Montoya's sister, Juana Montoya, an official for the Wichita County District Attorney's office called them on Monday to let them know the trial had been postponed.

DA officials say the trial was set on the docket after a gang injunction lawsuit, which starts July 21.

Officials say the gang injunction hearing could last up to three weeks, and there was a concern that it would run into time set for Whitefield.

The District Attorney's office is in the process of resetting the trial.

The bench trial will be conducted before 30th District Court Judge Bob Brotherton who will decide if Whitefield is guilty of manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide.

Whitefield's case has had several hearings scheduled and then postponed.
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