Jury to continue deliberations Thursday in Marshall Co. manslaughter trial

Jury to continue deliberations Thursday in Marshall Co. manslaughter trial

MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The jury continues to deliberate the fate of a man charged with a fatal vehicle accident that caused the deaths of four young people while injuring three others.

The accident happened in July 2013 just outside Guntersville on Highway 431 North.

The jury has been deliberating since around 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

Three hours later they requested the judge read several definitions including what assault and reckless mean.

Adrian Michael Renteria is charged with four counts of manslaughter and three counts of assault second-degree.

But as jurors were read instructions they are also including lesser and included offenses including criminally negligent homicide and assault third-degree.

Renteria is charged with driving a Chevrolet Cobalt striking a Dodge Ram truck with nine people aboard traveling 92 miles per hour.

In closing arguments, prosecutors pointed to the unbiased witnesses who talked about Renteria driving erratically while noting he was throwing something, possibly fireworks, at the truck just before he lost control.

District Attorney Steve Marshall told the jury erratic driving plus distracted driving plus speed equals reckless.

But the defense argued everyone there was all friends and were a family and that this was just an accident.

The jury will continue their deliberations Thursday morning at 9 a.m.

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