Blood to be split for drunk driving trial
NEW ROADS-- A vial of blood that could send an accused drunk driver to jail for killing another woman will be split in half.
Right now, prosecutors have 10 milliliters of blood taken from Victoria Gosserand the night they say she hit and killed 23-year-old Terri Parker and badly injured Kyle Riviere in New Roads last December. According to investigators, Gosserand's blood-alcohol level was nearly four times the legal limit.
But defense attorney Rob Marionneaux wanted his experts to test the blood themselves, and he wanted it all.
"It's my evidence," Assistant District Attorney Tony Clayton told the judge today, "I don't want to give [the defense] my last bottle of blood!"
Clayton offered three of ten milliliters of Gosserand's blood to the defense-- three times what he says they need for testing. That wasn't enough for defense attorneys, so both sides compromised. The defense will get half the blood that Louisiana State Police will hand deliver.
Clayton will also allow the defense's toxicologists to inspect the lab where Gosserand's blood was tested.
"I'm angry because we have to come up here and go through this time and time again, instead of her just admitting that she's guilty, and all this could be over with," said Rose Parker, a relative of Terri Parker.
Gosserand will be in court for another motions hearing January 24, four days before Parker would have turned 25. Gosserand's trial is scheduled for July 11.