On behalf of Anaya-McKedy, P.C. posted in Violent Crimes on Thursday, February 23, 2012.
The twists and turns in the trial of the woman accused of dragging a tow truck driver to death continue.
The defendant recently said in court that she will not take the stand in her trial on charges of manslaughter and vehicular homicide.
The judge explained to the defendant her right to testify, but he also told her that prosecutors would be able to cross-examine her if she chose to take the stand.
On Tuesday of this week, she said she’d decided against testifying.
The death of the tow truck driver was nearly a year ago.
The woman is accused of driving off in her SUV as the tow truck driver was preparing to tow her vehicle. Police have said he was dragged over a mile to his death.
The defendants’ attorneys recently showed the jury recordings of the interview between the defendant and a police detective. In the recording, she can be seen crying and telling the investigator that she would never do such a thing intentionally.
“I would never do anything like this,” she said in the recording.
Throughout the recording, she kept asking detectives how the tow truck operator could have become attached to her SUV and the tow cable and when that could have happened.
“Do not worry about how,” a detective replied. “Worry about when he was attached.”
In addition, the defense team played audio recordings of the defendant in a police car with investigators as they drove the route she’s alleged to driven while dragging the tow truck operator behind her.
At one point she can be heard exclaiming, “Oh, my God, is that blood?”
A detective told it was blood “and other parts.”
She told detectives that she didn’t hear, feel or see anything at the spot they said where the man’s body fell away from the cable and her vehicle.
One accident detective testified in the trial that in his opinion, the incident was “a tragic accident, not a homicide.”
Source: ColoradoConnection.com: “Dragging suspect won’t testify in trial,” Rachel Welte, Feb. 21, 2012