Jury convicts woman of vehicular homicide in Cerrillos Road crash

November 20, 2018 GMT

A Santa Fe jury found an Albuquerque woman accused of causing a 2017 crash that resulted in her boyfriend’s death guilty of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence of liquor or drugs Monday following a three-day trial and six hours of deliberating spread over two days.

Kasey Weaver, 26 was taken in to custody after the verdict was read around noon Monday. District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer ordered her to be taken to a state prison in Las Lunas for a 60-day diagnostic evaluation before sentencing her.

The charge carries a possible sentence of up to 15 years in prison.

Weaver’s passenger, Kit Duane Francis II, 24, was thrown from the vehicle and died after the April 16, 2017 crash. Weaver ran a red light at the intersection of Cerrillos Road and Interstate 25 and collided with a car driven by Dorothy Catherine Martinez of Santa Fe.

Weaver told police she’d had several alcoholic drinks and had taken anxiety medication before the crash, and police said she performed poorly on field sobriety tests. She had a blood alcohol level of 0.17 — more than twice the legal limit for driving in New Mexico — following the incident.

Several miniature bottles of 99 Bananas Schnapps liqueur where found in and around her 2002 Saturn after the crash.

During the trial, defense attorney Jennifer Burrill said Francis did not wear his seat belt when the collision took place. She also said her client had been momentarily distracted by looking down to change the radio station and was surprised by the red light.

Jurors began deliberating around 3 p.m Friday evening, adjourned around 5:30 p.m. and returned Monday to continue discussing the case. They delivered their verdict just before noon Monday.