Witnesses take the stand in DWI trial of former EMS worker

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Witnesses took the stand on Thursday in the trial of a former EMS worker accused of drunk driving and killing the leaders of a Hyde Park church.

The first witness, Dr. Salish Chundru, testified the cause of death for both victims was blunt force injuries with Barbara Boyett’s being mostly due to brain injuries and Jackson’s the combination of several injuries. The second witness was a member of Boyett’s church who was asked to identify their bodies after the accident.

On Wednesday, expert testimony in the trial of a former EMS worker accused of driving drunk and killing the leaders of a Hyde Park church centered on the intricacies of alcohol laws in Texas on Wednesday.

A forensic toxicologist with the Department of Public Safety testified Wednesday afternoon on the formulas used to obtain blood alcohol levels, in addition to the effects of drunk driving. Court recessed twice under defense cross-examination due to disagreement on the methodology used to obtain blood alcohol levels.

A chemist with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission took the stand earlier Wednesday and explained the beverage label approval process in Texas.

She also testified about the percentage of alcohol in the type of drinks Terri Elmore, 42, ordered at a bar on the night of November 29, 2011, where a witness said she was drinking.

Elmore is accused of later getting behind the wheel and slamming head on into the vehicle carrying Jackson and Barbara Boyett on U.S. 290.

The trial is expected to last up to a week.

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