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Jury to deliberate in vehicular homicide case

By News 5 Staff, news@wcyb.com
Published On: Aug 06 2014 10:18:21 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 23 2014 11:14:45 AM CDT
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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

The jury in a Johnson City vehicular homicide trial heard closing statements late this afternoon, and the jury will deliberate tomorrow.

Cody Dingus is accused of driving drunk when he wrecked on Valentine's Day 2012. The wreck killed his girlfriend, Sheridan Edwards.

Dingus took the stand to testify in his defense Wednesday. He claims Edwards grabbed the steering wheel right before the car went out of control and crashed, throwing both Dingus and Edwards from the car.

Assistant District Attorney General Fred Lance said the evidence does not match with Dingus' testimony.

"It couldn't have happened that way. If it had happened that way, the tire marks would be different. That's not the way this accident happened," said Lance.

Prosecutors say Dingus' blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit the night of the crash, a fact his defense attorney does not dispute.

" Mr Dingus is guilty of DUI. He is guilty of evading arrest. What level of evading arrest he is guilty of is entirely in your hands, " said Rick Spivey during his closing argument. " He is not guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and a moral certainty of vehicular homicide by intoxication. You must so find."

The jury will return Thursday morning at 8:30 to deliberate.