Prosecution rests in Leger crash trial, back in court today
BATON ROUGE - Prosecutors rested their vehicular homicide case against David Leger Wednesday afternoon after calling a dozen witnesses, including the other driver troopers said was involved in the deadly game of cat and mouse.
Leger faces five charges of vehicle homicide for the 2011 crash. Prosecutors said he was driving drunk and involved in a road rage-fueled chase with Kelsye Hall when he slammed into an oncoming car, killing five people.
Hall said Wednesday she was driving on cruise control when Leger appeared behind her, flashing his lights and following closely. She told jurors she tried to let him pass several times before he drove past her on the shoulder, clipping her SUV.
She was convicted last year of negligent homicide for her part in the wreck. Witnesses contended she was also speeding.
"We always thought the jury was going to want to hear from all the parties involved," said prosecutor Ron Gathe. "At least they know her side whether they agree with it or don't agree with it."
A state trooper who was the first on the scene after the wreck said it was "overwhelming", and looked like a plane had exploded on the interstate.
Defense attorneys for Leger said in their opening statements they planned to show the wreck would have happened regardless of whether their client was drunk or not. Attorney Tommy D'Amico called Hall the "cat" in the cat-and-mouse chase, saying she was the the predator who was responsible for the wreck.