Conflicting testimony in El Pasoan's intoxication manslaughter trial

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 6:20pm

Conflicting testimony took center stage on Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of killing another man with his car. William “Billy” Abraham is facing intoxicated manslaughter charges. The day marked the third time that the jury has heard from the state's witness - Juan Antonio Milton-Martinez.

He's the witness who claims he saw Jay Grady stumble across the intersection at El Paso and Paisano Streets and has been telling the court that he thinks the victim was trying to commit suicide.

But that's not the story he first told police. In his original statement he said he did not see the white truck coming into the intersection - and that's exactly what the prosecution was trying to get Milton-Martinez to admit.

He later said he did see the accident and that the victim appeared to be trying to commit suicide. As we've reported, Abraham is accused of hitting Jay Grady with his white truck then driving off leading authorities on a low-speed chase on July 20, 2010.

Abraham is facing one count intoxication manslaughter and one count of accident involving death. The state has rested its case. The trial resumes tomorrow.

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