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TOP STORY  -Aug 11, 2017

Georgia man found innocent in Kyle Martin's death

Although a SLED forensic scientist testified that a Georgia man, who collided with a Conway motorcyclist in 2015, was definitely impaired, an Horry County jury found him innocent Friday afternoon of felony driving under the influence.


Osvaldo Manuel Velez-Colon, 29, was charged with causing the death of Jonathan Kyle Martin, who was 32-years-old when he and Velez-Colon collided at the intersection of U.S. 17 bypass and S.C. 544.


Velez-Colon’s attorney public defender Casey Brown argued that his client was not impaired when the accident happened early on the morning of October 11 and that Carmine Tucker, a SLED forensic scientist, was not considering how drugs impacted him individually when she firmly declared that he was impaired based on a blood sample taken from him shortly after the accident.


Tucker said Velez-Colon’s test showed that he had used methadone, marijuana and Xanax sometime before he drove on the morning of the car crash.


Prosecutor George DeBusk argued that Velez-Colon would have been too impaired to drive if he had ingested only the marijuana and Xanax, but adding the methadone to the formula made his condition even worse.


Tucker said Velez-Colon had smoked or eaten marijuana only one to three hours before the collision. Add Xanax, a depressant to that, and the drug trio definitely impaired Velez-Colon, the forensic scientist said.


However, testifying for the defense Robert Bennett, a pharmacist and toxicologist from Charleston, said there was no way that Tucker could declare Velez-Colon impaired without talking to him and giving him what he called Clinical Tests for Impairment.


He also said that everybody reacts differently to drugs and, therefore, Tucker needed more than numbers on a piece of paper to evaluate Velez-Colon.


He also questioned the impact that the marijuana might have had on Velez-Colon saying his evaluation showed that the young man was a regular user of marijuana, which would have given him more tolerance, which would have negated Tucker’s findings that he had smoked or ingested the drug within a few hours before the collision.

-Read the whole story at : https://www.myhorrynews.com/news/georgia-man-found-innocent-in-kyle-martin-s-death/article_bfe16e9a-7eed-11e7-b079-db5cb60f0825.html


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