Linda Woodman found guilty in manslaughter trial

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A jury found Linda Woodman guilty of manslaughter and aggravated assault as a result of a deadly 2012 crash that happened after she’d been discharged from the hospital. The jury deliberated for less than an hour.

Defense attorneys for Woodman wrapped up their case early Friday morning after prosecutors finished bringing forward witnesses Thursday. She’s accused of causing a crash in February 2012 that killed a man and critically injuring a woman.

During closing arguments, prosecutors told jurors whether or not Woodman was intoxicated – referring to drugs given to Woodman for treatment of a seizure in the hours leading up to the crash – they allege Woodman made a conscious decision to drive.

A neurologist told Woodman not to drive for 6 months after having a seizure the day before the crash, something prosecutors say their neurologist said she understood despite being “belligerent” while receiving treatment.

Defense attorneys say doctors should not have released Woodman 2 hours after giving her multiple doses of Percecid and morphine for treatment of her seizure.

Woodman’s trial began Tuesday for the 61-year-old woman accused of crashing her car on Guadalupe Street. Two hours after being released from Seton’s University Medical Center Brackenridge on Feb. 19, 2012, authorities say Woodman lost control of her SUV on Guadalupe Street near 31st Street. Authorities say Woodman crashed into a car and then drove up onto the sidewalk. She allegedly hit two people walking, killing one of them.

Dik Van Meerten, 61, died there, and Sarah Lee Parker, 21, sustained serious injuries. Witnesses testified Tuesday about what they saw that night. Parker took the stand later in the day.

Woodman’s defense attorney, Joe Sawyer, blames the hospital staff for giving Woodman large dosages of morphine and Percocet before releasing her to a cab. Woodman was admitted to the hospital the day before the crash after suffering from a seizure.

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