Testimony began Tuesday morning in the intoxication manslaughter trail of Dylyn Reed Richards of Venus who is accused of causing the accident that claimed the life of Waxahachie Police Officer Josh Williams.
The case is being tried in Ellis County’s 40th Judicial District Court in Waxahachie with a jury of eight men and six women.
Richards’ vehicle allegedly struck Williams’ patrol car as he was turning into the parking lot of Whataburger to assist another officer on a disturbance call at Taco Bell on July 28, 2012.
Defense Attorney Danny Freisner entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of Richards.
County and District Attorney Patrick Wilson waved his right to an opening statement and called Waxahachie Police Sgt. Ricky Wilson to the stand. Wilson was Williams’ shift supervisor the night of July 28.
Wilson said he had been en route to a call at Taco Bell when the call came over the radio that Williams had been involved in an accident.
Wilson said at the time he did not know how badly Williams was injured but when everyone was called to respond he knew it was fairly severe. Upon arrival at the scene Wilson said he saw a gold colored suburban up against Williams’ patrol car with extensive damage done to both vehicles.
Wilson said he saw Officer Kevin Patterson leaning over Williams’ driver side door talking to Williams saying to him to “wake up.”
In his testimony Wilson described the accident scene. He said there were several urgent calls over the radio requesting immediate assistance for Williams. There was also a younger officer who had a hard time keeping his composure that Wilson had to ask him to leave the scene.
The prosecution then submitted the video from Wilson’s patrol car dashboard camera into evidence. While the audio did not record, the video silently displayed the scene of the accident to the jury.
Wilson said when he first looked into the vehicle he noticed the driver’s seat appeared to be pushed back. The cage separating the officer from people in the back was also pushed back.
Testimony continued Tuesday afternoon with the prosecution presenting its case. The trial is expected to go through the end of the week.
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