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Jury set, opening statements expected today in Leger trial

2 years 10 months 2 weeks ago July 09, 2014 Jul 9, 2014 Wednesday, July 09 2014 July 09, 2014 5:39 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rob Krieger

BATON ROUGE - The trial of David Leger can begin now that prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed on a six-person jury for the case.

Leger is accused of killing five people in a road rage fueled crash, but family members aren't happy one person already convicted is now free.

Kelsye Hall was convicted of five counts of negligent homicide last October for her part in the crash that killed five people, three of them children, on I-10 in 2011. Police say Leger and Hall were angrily chasing one another in their vehicles when Hall's car clipped Leger's, sending it across the median and into oncoming traffic. Investigators said Leger was drunk during the time of the crash.

Hall was sentenced to two years behind bars, but was released Sunday after spending only about nine months in prison because she received time off for good behavior.

"She did not have any disciplinary issues while she was incarcerated and in addition to that she earned about a month's good time extra because she served as an educational tutor, when she was in East Baton Rouge Parish in incarceration," said Pam Laborde with the Department of Corrections.

Leger's attorney, Thomas Damico, said he's prepared to show jurors the crash would have happened whether his client was drunk or not.

"I do not believe there was a proximate or direct cause between any drinking and driving," said Damico, "I believe that the evidence will show that my client was not at fault in the collision that caused the accident."

Opening statements are expected to begin today in the 19th Judicial District Court.

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