Testimony Begins in Callie Long Retrial - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/27/08

Testimony Begins in Callie Long Retrial

The first day of testimony in the retrial of Lubbock Realtor Callie Long has come to a close.

In 2005, a jury convicted Long of intoxication manslaughter in the 2003 hit and run death of Brett Walrath. However, the Amarillo Court of Appeals reversed that decision saying Long did not get a fair trial because jurors were not given the option to convict on the lesser charge of failure to stop and render aid. That's why Long is now on trial again this time for the lesser charge.

Wednesday there were alot of tears shed in the courtroom.

One witness in particular cried during her entire testimony. She shared how she was the first on the scene moments after Walrath was struck by Callie Long in her Lexus sedan back in August of 2003. The witness shared how she laid down next to Walrath and told him to "hang on" that help was on the way.

Another topic of discussion, was the amount of alcohol Long consumed the night of August 27th, 2003. Long failed field sobriety tests and later was found to have a blood alcohol level concentration .13, nearly one and a half times the legal limit.

A nurse who took Long's blood testified Wednesday that Long was uncooperative, smelled of alcohol, and slurred her speech.

Throughout Wednesday's trial, Long sat quietly, occasionally taking notes. One thing that remains unclear is whether Long will testify in her retrial.

Testimony will continue Thursday morning and most likely into next week. If found guilty, failure to stop and render aid is punishable up to five years in prison.

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