GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A Marshall County man accused of killing four teens in a July crash went before a judge early Monday morning.
Adrian Renteria is accused of being responsible for a crash that killed four teens and injured several others in July.
He’s facing several charges including four counts of manslaughter.
During his appearance in a Marshall County courtroom Monday, Renteria’s lawyer and District Attorney Steve Marshall spoke with Judge Tim Riley about where the case is going.
“Mr. Renteria’s lawyer requested expert assistance, funds from the court to be able to hire an accident reconstruction expert, along with a private investigator and that was granted,” Marshall said.
That request is to balance the case. “This is a technical case, the Department of Public Safety has done an outstanding job for us in this investigation to give us some understanding of how and why what went on, and generally a defendant has the right to have similar expertise, and we need that in this case,” Marshall said.
Renteria will apply to be treated as a youthful offender, but Marshall says his team will object to that.
“He needs to be treated as an adult. The circumstances in this case, along with the background of Mr. Renteria, we believe he needs to be treated as an adult in this proceeding and not as a youthful offender and have the protections of a youthful offender statute,” said Marshall.
Renteria’s next court appearance is scheduled for June. He has yet to make a plea, and that will come after his application for youthful offender is approved or denied.