Weller Convicted of Vehicular Manslaughter ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Weller Convicted of Vehicular Manslaughter

An 89-year-old man who killed ten people and injured 63 more after losing control of his car was convicted today (20OCT06) of ten counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. According to his attorneys, the then-86-years-old George Russell Weller confused the gas pedal for the brakes when he drove his car through a farmers market in Santa Monica (16JUL03). A verdict was reached this morning by the jury Friday morning after nine days of deliberations. Weller now faces up to 18 years in prison. Attorneys were asked by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson to return to court next Friday (27OCT06) for a hearing to schedule the sentencing.

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