Marshall Co. Man Charged In July Wreck That Left Four Teens Dead

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MARSAHALL CO., Ala. (WHNT) -- A Marshall County man is facing seven charges stemming from a July crash that killed four teens.

Marshall County Deputies and state troopers arrested Adrian Renteria Wednesday after a grand jury indicted him on four counts of manslaughter and three counts of second degree aggravated assault.

Marshall County District Attorney Steve Marshall says Renteria was also arrested on another warrant. "He was also arrested on a criminal trespass warrant, which arose from him criminally trespassing on one of the victim's property," Marshall says.

Marshall says Renteria was initially charged for lying to investigators, but he says a complicated investigation into the homicides led them to believe Renteria is at fault for the crash. "One of the things the Department of Public Safety did was an actual reconstruction of this entire event, so we'll be able to present to the jury the speed of the vehicle driven by the defendant at the time."

Marshall says witnesses were also able to tell investigators what they saw. "All those together established the recklessness standard for manslaughter as well as assault second, and obviously we believe this is a significant case based on the totality of everything that occurred to all the victims."

Renteria went before a judge Thursday afternoon. Behind him, taking up two seats in the otherwise empty courtroom, sat the Cheryl and Steven Cordell.

Their daughter Maegan was one of the four teens killed. She was just shy of her fourteenth birthday.

As a judge talked to Renteria, Maegan's parents say it was what they've been waiting for.  "She was thirteen. We're never going to see her grow up. We're never going to see her get married, never going to see her graduate, any of that stuff. So seeing him here today helped me," Cheryl Cordell says.

It won't bring Maegan back, but for her parents, it's a step toward closure.  "I hope that there's some kind of justice for our daughter and those three other kids," Maegan's mom says.

Renteria is being held in the Marshall County Jail.

31 comments

  • annyomus mother

    adrian was a good friend of me and my husband yes he has made many mistakes but he had a rough life and many dont know the things he went threw prayers for the families of all the victims but unlike many of yall i am prayong for adrian as well

    • Adrianne

      I have a close relationship with my son they could with there daughter and you could with your parents. Its how the parents parent. Be a friend but be a parent to. Adrian has a baby I know him better then you think. Her parents need help you do not blame the first person that gets caught. Megan was not the only one killed. Adrian could had been the one and his 4 month old could live without ever knowing her daddy but God has his reason for taking her. The thing is Megan and adrian where friends how did her mom not know about that.

      • Judy Fleming Brown

        Maegans parents did know Maegan was friends with him… but Maegan had a lot of friends, Do you think they could do background checks on them all. Yes is that the baby he was charged with not paying child support? People that say he needs to be free; Why/so he can keep molesting kids?

      • Unknown Mom

        Much you know no he has not been asked to pay child support. The Mother hs not went that far and did not put his name on the birth c.
        Yes if her mother loved her enough she would know who her child was hanging out with. If she did not know the person she should of had her daughter bring them to the house to get to know them. Parents try to blame there parenting on everyone else when really they need to look in the mirror. I believe Megan is gone to open her parents eyes hopefully if they have other children they know where that child is.You are the adult until they are 21 or move out . As I tell my children my house my rules. So many parents let there kids run all over them. At 13 My parents dropped me off and picked me up if I was going somewhere else they picked me up and took me there.

  • Tasha

    He may have been a good friend to yall and im sure up untill then he was a good friend to the kids lives he caused to be taken away. Mistakes? Rough Life? We have all had it rough you tell me who hasnt, but this mistake he made this accident as everyone keeps useing in his defense is the reason that my sister wont get to see her baby do all that she spoke of in the interview and so much more. He needs prayer and He needs help because if you have had such a rough life as you say he has had and continued to make mistakes that led up to four people loosing their lives then he really needs help..

  • Adrianne

    This is why parents need to keep a better eye on there children. You just do not let your kids go with anyone. I am with my son everywhere he goes and if he is not with me I make sure I know and trust the person he is with and I sure make sure there is adult with him. God spared this young mans life for a reason let him live it. KNOW WHO YOUR KIDS HANG OUT WITH..

    • Unknown mom

      Um hello obviously you do not know what really happened. She was not with Adrian. She was in the other vehicle. Her parents probably did not know that they were meeting. And originally Adrian and Madison were not suppose to meet the other kids. The kids she was with were great kids! Her parents knew them. He was the oldest he should have been responsible. If he has a child then he should have been thinking like a parent and not driving reckless!!!!

      • unknown

        Yea as the other parents did not show up. You don’t have to be racist just because he is the only black guy does not mean they have to kill him. Since he was the only one in the wreck. Where were the other 10 15 parents that there kids where in the wreck. I heard megan mom walk into a store the day before court and said she was going to get a lot of money from this court case. NOT. adrian will be let go.

  • Judy Fleming Brown

    It could happen to any ones kids… Don’t throw blame on her parents they are going through hell … When I was 13 my parents thought they always knew where I was… As far as you saying let him live his life ..there no longer living theres.. You need to do your homework before commenting because you don’t have a clue about this young man … you still want know all until his trial..

    • unknown

      What gives you the right to tell someone not to comment on a open conversation. You don’t want to hear it. Do not comment.

    • Jonny Law

      Just read his rap sheet he is where he belongs, he’s been to my house Maegan even threw him a party at my house you obviously don’t know the details of the accident do your homework before you leave your comments I treat people the way they treat
      me no matter what color they are!!!

      • unknown

        He would have never touched megan get your facts straight. You probably rap her and trying to blame it on him. Adrian loves his gf and would not do that.

      • danielle

        This is to the person that replied to johnny laws comment. how dare you say something like that! you are saying adrien would have never tougched meagan oh how very wrong you are! He asked her several times he just apparently never got tge chance to force himself on her. abd as far as her dad goes iI have known him all of my life and he woukd never do such a thing like you are accusing hiw heartless of you to say sonething like that. maybe you should just keep your mouth shut.

  • Adrianne

    It could happen to any ones kids it could have happend to Adrian. I know him better then you think. I know he has a 4 month old that needs him. Just because 4 lifes where taking does not mean you have to punish the first person that they think caused the wreak. Why did the other three parents not show up to court. Her parents had no right. Yes they need a closer but accusing the first person that comes to mind is not the right thing. If anything they sould have been up there to show support that it was no one fault. Megan could have been the one that said adrian’s name and detracted him from the road. We will never know. Yes I know a lot of parents that are a parent and a friend my son tells me everything because of are relationship. Yes I get on to him but he understands its my job to protect him.

    • Danielle

      So you think someone said his name to distract him? looks like you really know what happened huh? And your saying my cousin had no right to want this man in jail for taking the life of her daughter and 3 others? He was throwing lit bottle rockets out of the car he was driving. He deserves punishment. Just like everyone is tell you all these details will come out when the trial begins. Him having a rough life had nothing to do with the wreckless decisions he made that day. Also the reason the other families weren’t there when he was in court was because Cheryl and Steven were the only ones who knew about it because the news reporters came and told them about him going before the judge and asked if they wanted to be there. You obviously don’t know as much as you claim you do.

      • Unknown Mom

        You do not look like you know much either they told all the families about the court hearing. The other parents know adrian and there kids where friends and that he would not just kill there kids on purpose. I know adrian well enough to know that he would not just kill his friends. Yes it will come out in court. Then the family will have a chance to apologize to adrian. Why would a mom allow her 13 to hang out with a 21 year old anyway. may be copes should be questioning her. She dont have a right to be a mother if she is just going to let her 13 year old ride around with anyone anyways. My mom and dad knew where I was at this age I never just wondered the roads and if there was not a adult there I was not allowed to go. So what was her parents doing while there little girl was wondering the roads.

      • Danielle

        OK (unknown mom) I apparently know nothing maybe those other families couldn’t make it to the court hearing but he is to blame for this incident. Her parents knew where she was she was with her friends they all were from the age of 13 to 20. He was a good kid or so her parents thought. The parents are definitely not to blame for this. When I was 13 my parents knew where I was as well and so did Meagan’s parents. You ma’am have no right to be on here pinning blame on them. I’m not here to fight and argue about this I am just trying to be a voice for my family and I feel that justice should and will be served!

      • Danielle

        All of what you are saying is really irrelevant at this point the fact of the matter is Adrian made a wreckless decision and should serve his punishment for what he did. I’m sure he didn’t do it on purpose but he made those decisions no one else made them for him so there for he should stand up and be a man or atleast this good guy everyone says he is and admit to his mistake and take whatever punishment follows.

  • Sue

    He lied to investigators and had a criminal tresspassing charge on the property of one of the victims. Sounds like his driving was in question due to speed. I am sick of hearing about the rough life as a defense. What a crock! If everyone who has had a rough life did this the whole world would be dead! Next comes the usual he is such a GOOD boy. This nice young man? is still alive and FOUR innocent kids are not. Time to pay for what he did!

  • unknown

    I love Megan Ruban Ryan and Blake
    But Honestly I do not think all this should be blamed on one person they all loved Adrian regardless what yaw think from know these four angels I know that they would not want this. I know it is hard to cope and you all need someone to blame there are teenagers we all make mistakes and knowing he is in jail hurts because not only does he have too deal with knowing four of his closes friends are gone now he has to worry about jai lit is redicoulus

    • Sue

      This is NOT a mistake- this is 4 kids that are dead! -do not pretend it is a minor teenager mistake that he can learn from and not do again! It is HIS disregard for driving safe and caring how that will affect innocent people on the road. He did not die. They did and then he lied about it! So he thought the police would not find out what he did and cover it up. What an honest and responsible young man-right? NO!!!

      • Unknown Mom

        I guess you are a prefect person and never lie. I know I have and if I am in a wreck and I just heard my friends were gone and never coming back I would probably lie to not knowing what to say. You do not question someone right after a death. After my dad died I would have slapped someone in the face if they where to ask me about him. Same thing when I lost my bestfriend. All SIN is the same in Gods eyes and these parents will take responsibility of there under aged angels that God took for a reason probably because there parents did not care where they where and these children not being taken care of. God is trying to open someones eyes.

  • unknown

    He is not the only one that lied. There was a lot that lied. If the young man that was driving the other car was still alive they would probably arrested him to.

    • Sue

      How dare you talk about these kids and what they probably lied about! And..supposedly God took them because their parents did not care and were not taking care of them. You are out of line with putting down the parents and the kids that were killed because of Renteria!

      • unknown

        First of all I’m only talking about one family because there the only family wanting money. They have already lost one child. Maybe they get the picture now. I wonder who they blamed the first child’s death on.

  • Sue

    So you are saying the one family showed up in court only for money? I cannot believe the disrespect you are showing the parents of these kids! Maybe they will get the picture now? -that is what you are saying about the parents who dared to show up? I am sure you would rather no one showed up at all then you can say no one cared. I would have shown up in court if I was one of the parents and hoped they fry his a**!!!

  • unknown

    No one on adrian side was allowed there. Get the picture now. I believe if we were not allowed there why was she.

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