Posted: Mar 28, 2014 3:34 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Mar 28, 2014 7:03 PM
BATON ROUGE - A judge ruled Friday that a Denham Springs man was not guilty of negligent homicide charges for running over a child playing in his driveway.
"This is a case where no one really wins, the facts involved in this case it's a tragic situation," said Brad Welch's Defense Attorney, Michael Thiel. "He welcomes the opportunity to get on with a normal life now."
Judge Robert Morrison made the ruling in Brad Welch's bench trial in Livingston Parish. Because Welch elected to have a bench trial, the judge made the ruling instead of a jury.
"I still believe, and I know the family believes, that we believe he was over the legal limit at the time that he ran over Tyler Meyers," said Greg Murphy, the Assistant District Attorney of Livingston Parish. "And I know he put a lot of time and thought into this in reaching his decision, but me personally, I'm disappointed, and I know the family is, I've talked to them about it."
Welch had admitted he was on his cell phone when he ran over 6-year-old Tyler Myers in September 2012, and that he'd had a glass of wine earlier that day. Prosecutors claimed Welch was lying about the amount of alcohol he consumed.
"It will, and has, changed every neighborhood and every driver, and every child's life, in our little town of Watson," said Roseanne Erwin, a friend of the Meyer family.
Erwin says this case started the Tyler Meyers Project, aimed at changing the mentality of drivers.
"No drinking and driving, and no texting, or no use of the cell phone. It is very important that you learn that it will distract you, put the cell phone down we truly believe it can wait."
Welch's civil trial is still pending.