Former paramedic on trial in fatal DWI crash

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Testimony continued on the second day in the trial of a former EMS worker accused of driving drunk and killing the leaders of a Hyde Park church.

Jackson and Barbara Boyett died while driving on U.S. 290 near the “Y” in Oak Hill in November 2011. Terri Elmore, 42, is accused of swerving into the oncoming lane and hitting the Boyett’s vehicle head on.

Elmore’s defense team told the jury the evidence will show Elmore was not drunk, and that the crash was simply an accident.

On Tuesday, a bartender at Jack Allen’s restaurant said he served Elmore and her co-worker four rounds of drinks the evening of the crash. He said that Elmore appeared upset but he didn’t see any signs of intoxication.

Elmore’s co-worker testified that Elmore was upset about an argument she was having with her boyfriend.

A man who was driving behind Elmore told the jury he didn’t notice any erratic driving but he did see her drift into the oncoming lanes on U.S. 290W

Throughout pre-trial proceedings, members of the Dayspring Fellowship church have been in the courtroom. Jackson Boyett was the reverend of the church, and the congregation has applied pressure to prosecutors to proceed to trial rather than accept a plea deal.

The trial is expected to last up to a week.

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