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Jury Deliberations To Continue Wednesday In West Austin Hit And Run Trial
The jury for the Gabrielle Nestande fatal hit and run trial will continue deliberations Wednesday morning. They spent three hours deliberating on Tuesday, following closing arguments from both sides.
Gabrielle Nestande is charged with manslaughter, intoxication manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid in the death of Courtney Griffin. A homeowner found Griffin's body along Exposition Boulevard in May 2011.
On the day of accident, Nestande testified that she went to Cloak Room, a bar near the Texas Capitol. She said she had a few beers and a "very impulsive" shot, went to her boyfriend's house and then drove home.
Nestande testified as she drove on Exposition she thought a rock hit her windshield.
"I was so scared, my heart was beating out of my chest and the whole windshield was shattered," she testified.
Nestande said she drove back to boyfriend's house after the accident. The next morning she texted the picture of her car to several friends.
At the end of her testimony, the defense asked Nestande, "Whose fault is it that you're here?" She said, "It's mine."
In the prosecution's cross examination Nestande was asked if she and her friends usually drink heavily. Nestande said no. Then the prosecutor tried to nail down exactly how much Nestande drank that night, down to the sips.
Earlier in the morning, defense witnesses have testified about photos of the accident scene and discussed the limited time Nestande had to process that scene as she drove toward it.
Another witness testified a typical driver would have very low expectation of encountering a pedestrian in a bike lane at the time of crash. He called Nestande a distracted driver, and that she was checking an alarm on her cell phone when accident occurred.
A former acquaintance of Nestande's also took the stand. Luke Bullock said he talked with her boyfriend the next day about crash. Nastande said she hit something but gave no indication it was a person, Bullock testified.
During closing arguments, the state broke down each charge by bullet point to try and help the jury justify guilty verdicts.
"This selfish, self-centered woman made the decision to pull the covers over her head and go right to sleep,” said Travis County Assistant District Attorney, Allison Wetzel.
The defense focused on a lack of evidence that proves guilt beyond reasonable doubt.
“It is easy to get in your mind that we have to stop this and to stop this, we have to find her guilty,” Defense attorney Perry Minton said. “But you know we have to look at this carefully and if it ain’t there, it's not there.”
KEYETV will continue to follow this trial and we'll bring you the jury's verdict on keyetv.com.