Jury deliberation set for Monday in alleged intoxicated manslaughter trial

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Jury deliberation is set for Monday Morning in the trial of Terri Sanders, the woman involved in a 2015 crash in Montague County that killed two people. 

On the night of the accident, no breathalyzer or field sobriety tests were done and Sanders refused the request for a blood sample at the hospital.

Jurors are now having to determine if Sanders was driving drunk without the results from those tests.
Both the state and defense called on experts to reconstruct the crash.

The state’s expert said the 20-year-old driver who passed away was unable to avoid the crash.

He also said the most common reasons for people to cross lanes is due to either intoxication or falling asleep at the wheel.

After that, the defense called a reconstructionist to the stand who said the state’s expert did not factor in the wet roads. The evidence from reconstruction showed either someone who hydroplaned or was intoxicated.

Also taking the stand for the defense Clint Mahin, Sanders’ boyfriend at the time of the crash. He said he’d never seen Sanders drunk or impaired and she wasn’t a big drinker.

He said she only had two beers at the party that night and if he thought she was impaired at all he wouldn’t have let her drive.

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