Trial in CHP officer’s alleged murder begins
July 19, 2011
A murder trial is underway for a woman accused of killing a California Highway Patrol officer while under the influence of methamphetamine. [Tribune]
In his opening statement, defense attorney Tom McCormick said that Kaylee Ann Weisenberg, 23, wasn’t under the influence during the June 27, 2010, crash that killed Officer Brett Oswald along South River Road near Paso Robles.
Oswald was attempting to have a broken down car towed away when Weisenberg crashed into him. The defense is claiming that it was simply an accident and that Oswald’s location made him difficult to avoid.
Deputy District Attorney Lee Cunningham said in his opening statement that Weisenberg was a “ticking time bomb” with a history of reckless driving.
“She had been smoking methamphetamine three or four times a week in the months leading up to this crash,” Cunningham added.
Weisenberg has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of second-degree murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, inflicting great bodily injury in the commission of a felony and driving under the influence causing great bodily injury.