Concern over accused drunk driver trial
EAST FELICIANA PARISH - There's fear from a family that a man accused of killing seven people in a drunk driving crash could get a lesser sentence.
The Gaines family says Brett Gerald could ask for a plea deal. Police say Gerald was nearly two times the legal limit when he crashed head on into a car in East Feliciana Parish.
Six members of the Gaines family and a family friend died.
The Gaines say conversations with the District Attorney, Sam D'Aquilla, have them scared of a possible "no contest" plea, which could keep Gerald from trial.
"The thing of it is with the Gaines family and the other families involved, we want Mr. D'Aquilla to prosecute this case to the fullest extent. Be clear about what he's saying when he speaks to me about things regarding this case." John Gaines told News 2.
But D'Aquilla says the fears are unfounded. The DA has little influence over no contest plea, and D'Aquilla says no plea deal has been discussed.
"If I heard a plea of not guilty or [no contest] tomorrow, I'm going to put the family on the stand and have them testify in court about what they would like to see happen to this man." Said D'Aquilla.
Gerald's trial is set for December.