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Abraham Trial: Defense questions witnesses

Updated: Wednesday, July 24 2013, 09:43 PM MDT

By: Melissa Gundersen


EL PASO, Texas -- The prosecution rested Wednesday in the William "Billy" Abraham trial. The defense began called upon their witnesses. Father Lewis Joseph Lambert works at a church near the alleged hit-and-run accident scene.


Lambert took the stand Wednesday, saying, "I will no longer take Paisano to Mesa. There are too many drunk men in that area wondering right across the street right in front of you."


Lambert told the jury he's almost hit a pedestrian.


Prosecuting attorneys said Lambert hadn't hit one because he drives sober, but the defense used this story to protect Abraham.


Abraham is accused of driving drunk, hitting and killing a homeless man, Jay Grady.


Lab test results showed alcohol played a role in this deadly accident.


Abraham had a blood-alcohol concentration of .20 percent and Grady had a BAC of .23 percent, police said.


While the prosecution said the accident happened as a result of Abraham's alleged drunken driving, the defense blames Grady.


Witnesses said Grady stumbled into the street in front of Abraham's vehicle, leaving him no time to slow down.


Lambert said at night that area is filled with alcoholics and drug addicts who "don't hesitate to stand up and walk right in front of traffic."


Juan Milton Martinez took the stand Monday, returned to the courtroom Wednesday. Martinez told the jury Grady was drunk.


"It seemed that the pedestrian tried to commit suicide because of the way that he jumped the moment the truck was going by," he said.


The defense will call more witnesses Thursday when court reconvenes.

Abraham Trial: Defense questions witnesses


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