Man Goes To Trial For Crash That Killed 73-Year-Old
More than two years after the crash that killed a local grandfather, the accused drunk driver charged in his death, is going on trial.
Cory Jackson is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and driving under the influence in the crash that killed 73 year old Paul Nauman.
And a 10TV investigation could play a role in his trial.
Crash scene photos showed the sheer force of the impact:
Cory Jackson's red truck on its side, Paul Nauman's Jetta carved open.
"It was just crunching of metal. I mean it was metal for the longest time."
Patricia Nauman told jurors what she heard from the Volkswagen's passenger seat.
"Just crunching and crunching and crunching of metal,” she said. “And then it was silent. And I thought and I said it out loud. I said ‘My God, he actually hit us.’"
She would survive. Her husband of 53 years would not.
Cory Jackson watched silently as she described her loss.
"He took my children's father. He took my husband."
Nauman testified to seeing the headlights from Jackson's truck coming toward them.
She and investigators say he's the one who crossed the center lane.
The defense says it was Paul Nauman.
"As much as the state and as much as Mrs. Nauman would like to pin the blame on Cory Jackson, it was not his fault," said defense attorney Michael Lear.
Jurors heard from a driver who called 911 to report a red pickup, with Jackson's plate number, weaving wildly on I-71 before the crash.
"It went through my mind that this person was drunk, or on something, or very ill," testified Iva Drake.
Prosecutors say Jackson's blood alcohol level was .18, more than twice the legal limit.
The toxicology tests that produced that reading were done by State Patrol Criminalist Emily Adelman.
An investigation by 10TV last week revealed Adelman was disciplined for numerous violations of policy in the state Crime Lab.
The defense cited that report in challenging the evidence against Cory Jackson.
"During that investigation, one of the directors of the lab tells the investigator it's highly likely that she's done this in the past, and we've never caught it because we weren't looking for it. so that's the quality of evidence you're going to hear from the state," said Lear.
The trial is expected to take about two weeks.
Emily Adelman could take the stand on Monday.