Jury Deliberation Begins In Weddle Trial

By  | 

ROCKLAND, Maine (WABI) - The trial of a Tennessee truck driver accused of causing a deadly crash in Knox County two years ago is now in the hands of a jury.

After five days of testimony from witnesses and experts, the state rested its case Monday morning against 55-year-old Randall Weddle.

Monday the defense called its only witness, a toxicologist who said opioids may not further compare a person who has also consumed alcohol.

Weddle did not take the stand.

Police say Weddle was drunk when his truck carrying lumber started a crash involving several cars on route 17 in Washington in March of 2016.

45-year-old Christina Torres York of Warren and 74-year-old Paul Fowles of Owls Head were killed.

In closing statements, both attorneys asked the jury to consider all evidence before making a decision.

The state says Weddle's recklessness is enough to convict him of manslaughter even without considering drugs or alcohol.

Meanwhile, the defense claims that holes in the case provide a reasonable doubt that their client is guilty.

Jonathan Liberman said, "All of the evidence taken together shows conclusively that Randy Weddle caused this accident. That it was his truck that went into the other lane."

Jeremy Pratt said, "Even if you think guilt is likely, you still have to find the person not guilty, and then even if you strongly believe that person is guilty you still have to by a matter of law have to find him not guilty. This is the framework you must analyze the facts of this case."

The jury began deliberating at around 3 o'clock Monday afternoon.

They will return Tuesday, as no decision has been reached.