No Decision in Denver City Teacher Deaths Trial - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/1/06

No Decision in Denver City Teacher Deaths Trial

Plainview County Plainview County

Denver City is still waiting for a verdict in a criminally negligent homicide trial. A jury is deciding whether a truck driver is to blame for the deaths of three Denver City Teachers, but it appears the earliest we could see a verdict is Thursday.

After almost 4 1/2 hours of deliberation, the jury went home without a verdict. The seven men and five women will determine if 50-year-old Guadalupe Soto Medina is guilty of criminally negligent homicide.

DPS says Medina ran a stop sigh in Yoakum County in December 2004. His tractor trailer slammed into a Denver City ISD van, instantly killing the three elementary school teacher's inside.

They were: 37-year-old Marina Natividad, 47-year-old Rosie Garza and 29-year-old Veronica Flores.

If convicted, Medina faces up to 30 years in prison and up to $30,000 in fines. We spoke with Natividad's brother who said no amount of jail time can changed what happened. "The reality is, it's not going to bring my sister of the other two victims back," Christopher Granado said.

He added that he just wants Median to admit he was at fault. "From what I hear he doesn't want to admit that - that he's not admitting to that and that's what really hurts," Granado said.

The jury will return at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Since the fatal wreck, a "stop ahead" warning as been placed at the intersection.

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