Day two of jury deliberations underway in Marshall County for Adrian Renteria manslaughter trial
GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — The jury is deliberating for the second day in the Adrian Renteria manslaughter trial.
The jury resumed deliberations at nine o’clock Thursday morning. The jury got the case at one o’clock Wednesday afternoon and ended for the evening at six o’clock.
Family and friends of the victims are sitting in a separate courtroom waiting for a verdict.
Wednesday evening the jury came back to the courtroom asking the judge for definitions on terms. The judge again informed the jury of the charges Renteria is facing, and also informed the jury of similar lesser charges that the jury could take into consideration.
Renteria is accused in a July 2013 two-vehicle crash that left four teens dead and several others seriously injured. The crash involved a group of young people, many of whom were friends or acquaintances. The crash happened on U.S. Highway 431 as the group was headed in two vehicles to Honeycomb, a popular swimming destination near Guntersville. Nineteen-year-old Ryan Lawson, 21-year-old Blake Keener, 13-year-old Maegan Cordell and 18-year-old Ruben Pacheco died in the crash. All four were in a truck that collided with the car Renteria was driving. Investigators say Lawson was driving the truck, Cordell was a passenger in the truck and Keener and Pacheco were in truck’s bed. The crash happened on U.S. Highway 431 near Guntersville. Renteria is facing four counts of manslaughter and three counts of second degree aggravated assault stemming from the crash. There were 13 young people involved in the crash between the two cars. Previous expert testimony revealed there were calculated speeds that varied around 90 miles an hour during the crash.
There have been 13 witnesses, and three experts in this case.
The jury could take negligent homicide and assault third into consideration during deliberations.