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Marshal: Roberts tried to flee even after she was in handcuffs

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Police footage of Roberts' arrest, Oct. 22, 2010 Police footage of Roberts' arrest, Oct. 22, 2010
Jeena Roberts at the Lubbock County Courthouse, Oct. 4, 2013 Jeena Roberts at the Lubbock County Courthouse, Oct. 4, 2013
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The trial will continue Wednesday morning for a former Texas Tech student already facing time for intoxication manslaughter - now facing more time for jumping bail.

Jeena Roberts pleaded guilty last November to the 2010 drunk driving death of Linda Smaltz.

Her blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit when she rear-ended Smaltz.

She was set to start her 15-year sentence on Jan. 7, but she failed to show up.

After getting a warrant for her arrest on Jan. 9, U.S. Marshals arrested her in a Houston hotel room.

The deputy who arrested Roberts took the stand on Tuesday.

Marshal Jason Carrell testified that Roberts tried multiple times to run from the room after she was in handcuffs.

He said there was a younger man in the room with Roberts and an undisclosed amount of alcohol.

Roberts' mother also took the stand on Tuesday. Roberts stayed at her mother's Houston home after her sentencing and before she was set to report to the Lubbock County Jail.

Her mother told the court that the two of them planned to drive to Lubbock days before that deadline, but on the morning they were supposed to leave, her mother woke up to find Roberts gone.

Roberts' father was also set to testify for the defense on Tuesday, but he did not show up. His lawyer told the court that his flight had been delayed.

The court took a recess just before 2 p.m. and will meet again Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.

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