Nocona woman found guilty in manslaughter trial

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​A Montague County jury finds a Nocona woman guilty of lesser charges in connection with in a 2015 crash in Montague County that killed two people and injuring another.

Terri Sanders was originally charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault. 

On Monday, a Montague County jury found her guilty of two counts of manslaughter and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following more than two hours deliberation.

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.

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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