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Judge Grants Defense Bid for Acquittal in Manslaughter Trial

Associated Press - April 6, 2016 1:43 pm

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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.

Russell Canter

April 7, 2016 at 9:39 am

Well, if he wasn’t under the influence does that mean he deliberately caused the wreck? Either way, a civil case against him by the victim’s family has less restrictions to be found at cause, or guilty…

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