North Carolina man convicted in 2016 pedestrian death
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A jury has convicted a North Carolina man of second-degree murder in the death of a pedestrian following a Carolina Panthers game nearly two years ago.
Local media outlets report the Mecklenburg County jury convicted 32-year-old Greg Wheeling on Tuesday in the death of 28-year-old Kelli Putnam.
Authorities say both Putnam and Wheeling had been watching a Carolina Panthers playoff game on Jan. 17, 2016. Putnam attended the game while Wheeling had been with friends at a bar. Subsequent tests showed that both were legally drunk.
Witnesses testified that Wheeling took his car keys from the designated driver and was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic after the game when he hit Putnam as she tried to cross a street. Putnam’s body was knocked 191 feet.