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Defense expert refutes road rage claims

3 years 9 months 2 weeks ago August 08, 2013 Aug 8, 2013 Thursday, August 08 2013 August 08, 2013 5:50 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Michael Shingleton

BATON ROUGE - A traffic accident reconstruction expert paid to testify for the defense said Kelsye Hall was not at fault in a fatal crash that killed five people in March 2011.

Kimberly Stagg, 19, Effie Fontenot, 29, Austin Fontenot, 3, Hunter Johnson, 7, and Keagan Fontenot, 11 all died when the car burst into flames in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 between the Highland Rd. exit and Prairieville, La.

The defense finished presenting its case to State District Judge Trudy White Thursday afternoon.

The prosecution's case shows Hall and David Leger were playing a "cat and mouse" game while speeding westbound on I-10. Leger was charged with five counts of vehicular homicide in the crash. His blood alcohol level was .10, which is above the legal limit.

Richard Fox, the reconstruction expert, told the court, "In my opinion [Hall] was not the cause of this accident."

"This accident was caused by an alcohol impaired driver steering incorrectly."

Fox repainted a much different scene state troopers testified to Wednesday morning.

Two other witnesses took the stand and disagreed with the prosecution's case.

Carl Andre and his daughter Sandy Anderson were driving along I-10 when the saw Hall and Leger driving at a high rate of speed.

Anderson told the court, "[Leger] came up behind me and I thought he was going to rear end me, and then he flew by me."

Her father told the same story and said before today neither of them had met the defendant.

"The only reason we're here now is to see that the truth has been told," Andre said. 

Judge White will hear both sides closing arguments Friday morning before deciding whether Hall should serve time for this fatal crash.

Leger is due back in court in November for another hearing where a trial date will likely be set.

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