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High court to hear appeal of truck driver convicted in crash

February 7, 2019

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s highest court is scheduled to hear the appeal of a Tennessee truck driver who was sentenced to 25 years in prison for a 2016 crash that killed two people.

A jury previously found 56-year-old Randall Weddle guilty of manslaughter and aggravated driving under the influence among other charges.

Police say he was drunk when his lumber truck caused a crash in the town of Washington that killed 45-year-old Christina Torres York and 74-year-old Paul Fowles.

The Bangor Daily News reports attorney Jeremy Pratt filed an appeal to overturn Weddle’s conviction, saying the trial court was wrong to allow a roadside blood test among other errors.

The state Supreme Judicial Court was scheduled to hear oral arguments Thursday.

Pratt says he will pursue an appeal at the federal level if necessary.

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Information from: Bangor Daily News, http://www.bangordailynews.com

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