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Trial set to start for El Paso businessman accused in deadly pedestrian accident

Updated: Monday, July 22 2013, 10:54 AM MDT

By: Ruben Veloz
EL PASO, TEXAS -- The long awaited trial of El Paso businessman William "Billy" Abraham is set to begin Monday. 

It's been three years since a grand jury indicted Abraham after police said he hit and killed a homeless man in Downtown El Paso on July 21, 2010.

Witnesses told police Jay Grady was trying to cross Paisano Dr. when Abraham reportedly hit Grady with his truck before leaving the scene.

According to police, Abraham led border patrol agents on a 5 mile low-speed chase that ended near Sunland Park Drive. 

Border patrol agents who saw Abraham's white GMC Sierra said it had a broken head light with blood stains, as well as damage to the hood.

A witness who did not want to be identified spoke with KFOX14 on the night of the accident, and said the truck went so fast it knocked Grady to the side of the street.

"I feel bad because he didn't slow down and break before he hit the man," he told KFOX14.

Grady was taken to the hospital where he later died. 

Abraham owns 16 properties in Downtown El Paso. He is the son of well known El Paso attorney Joseph "Sib" Abraham.

His father told KFOX14's media partner, the El Paso Times, that his son isn't guilty, because Grady was not crossing the street on a crosswalk.

He also claims his son was not drunk, adding that Grady was homeless and may have been trying to commit suicide.

Grady's family however denies those reports.

If found guilty, Abraham could be convicted of intoxicated manslaughter and accident involving death. 

The trial will take place at 384th District Court before Judge Patrick Garcia.

Trial set to start for El Paso businessman accused in deadly pedestrian accident


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