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Defense rests in fatal DUI case

By Times Staff Writer
Published January 13, 2006

INVERNESS - The defense finished its case Thursday afternoon in the trial of a 35-year-old Beverly Hills woman accused of DUI-manslaughter and DUI with serious bodily injury to another in connection with a fatal collision.

Kelly Ann McDonald is accused of killing Tim Parker, 43, and injuring Chris Snetzko, 24, in the accident, which happened Dec. 7, 2002, on County Road 486 outside Crystal River.

McDonald's attorneys criticized the Citrus County Sheriff's Office's investigation into the collision, saying the photographs taken at the accident scene were lost when investigators tried to transfer them from a digital camera to a disc. The defense also called experts who testified about high levels of methamphetamine found in Parker's body. Parker and Snetzko were driving to work in Orlando at the time of the accident.

Prosecutors say McDonald had a blood-alcohol level of 0.161 - twice the 0.08 level at which someone is presumed impaired - and crossed the center lane of the road in her vehicle, colliding with Parker's vehicle. Accident reconstructionists for the defense also testified the collision could not have happened the way sheriff's investigators concluded. McDonald did not testify. Closing arguments are scheduled to begin today in the courtroom of Circuit Judge Ric Howard.

[Last modified January 13, 2006, 01:45:18]

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