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.

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