Jury Selection Begins in High Profile Drunk Driving Case - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/6/05

Jury Selection Begins in High Profile Drunk Driving Case

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The Walrath family is about to re-live the unexpected death of Brett Walrath. On Wednesday, the names of 100 potential jurors were given to both attorneys to pick a jury for the trial against Callie Long, who allegedly hit Walrath while driving drunk.

Brett Walrath was a husband, and about to be a father when police say Callie Long hit Walrath on his bike and fled the scene. Now the two opposing attorneys will sift through a hundred names to determine which 12 will hear the case.

The 12 jurors that will be selected Monday will hear emotional testimony from Lakeshia Walrath, Brett's widow, about the night she found out her husband would not live to see their baby, the child she was pregnant with, grow up.

On August 27, 2003 ; Brett Walrath was riding his bike on the 3700 block near Loop 289, when 62-year-old Callie Long allegedly hit him with her car and left the scene. Long called 9-1-1 and reported the incident, when she was arrested, her blood alcohol level was reported over the legal limit at .13.

In November 2003, Brett Walrath was still fighting for his life, during the same time Callie Long was indicted and charged with intoxicated assault and failure to stop and render aid.

On January 27th 2004 ; Brett Walrath was pronounced dead. The autopsy report claimed the death was caused by the injuries from the crash, which left the prosecuting attorney's office to bring up a new case against Long.

Two and a half months later, special prosecutor Rod Hobson re-presented the case to a grand jury and asked for an indictment on intoxication manslaughter and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Callie long now faces up to 20 years in prison for all of the charges brought against her.

On Thursday afternoon Rod Hobson, the state's attorney, will attend a last minute hearing to determine if he should be allowed to argue the case. The defense claims he did not follow proper procedure. We'll keep you updated on the outcome.

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