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The Latest: Vermont man guilty in fatal crash that killed 5

May 22, 2019

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a man accused of killing five teens in a wrong-way driving case (all times local):

1:35 p.m.

A jury has found a Vermont man guilty of second-degree murder in the deaths of five teenagers caused when he drove the wrong way on an interstate highway.

The jury returned the verdict Wednesday in the case of 38-year-old Steven Bourgoin following a two-week trial in Vermont Superior Court in Burlington.

The jury rejected the claim by Bourgoin that he was insane at the time of the October 2016 crash on Interstate 89 in Williston.

Bourgoin’s attorneys acknowledge that he was driving the pickup truck that hit the teenagers’ vehicle, but they say he was psychotic and delusional at the time of the crash and believed he was on a secret mission.

The crash killed four students from Harwood Union High School in Duxbury and a friend who attended Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, New Hampshire.

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7:59 a.m.

A jury is expected to resume deliberations in the trial of a Vermont man facing murder charges in the deaths of five teenagers after he caused a head-on crash by driving the wrong way on an interstate.

The jury considering the case of Steven Bourgoin worked until mid-evening Tuesday before going home for the night. They’re due to pick up again Wednesday morning.

Bourgoin has pleaded not guilty to five counts of second-degree murder and other charges.

Bourgoin’s attorneys acknowledge he was driving the pickup truck that hit the teenagers’ vehicle in October 2016. But they say he was psychotic and delusional at the time of the crash and therefore insane.

Prosecutors counter that Bourgoin was troubled, but legally responsible for the crash.

The trial began May 6.

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