Judge Grants Defense Bid for Acquittal in Manslaughter Trial
Associated Press - April 6, 2016 1:43 pm
A south-central Kansas judge has abruptly halted trial for a man who had been accused of causing a deadly 2012 wreck, ruling prosecutors failed to sufficiently prove the defendant was impaired at the time.
The Hutchinson News reports Reno County District Judge Trish Rose on Wednesday granted a defense request for an acquittal in 46-year-old Troy Meitler’s trial. The prosecution had just wrapped up its case.
Rose ruled that prosecutors failed to show beyond a reasonable doubt that Meitler of Halstead was under the influence of drugs during the 2012 head-on crash that killed 49-year-old Brian Bush of Plevna.
Meitler was charged with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated battery and driving under the influence.
Andrew Davidson, a prosecutor, demanded a mistrial after Rose’s ruling Wednesday.