Lubbock Realtor Convicted of Failure to Stop and Render Aid - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/5/08

Lubbock Realtor Convicted of Failure to Stop and Render Aid

Posted: Updated: March 5, 2008 06:55 PM CST
Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff
Brett Walrath & wife Brett Walrath & wife

Lubbock realtor Callie Long is guilty of failure to stop and render aid. That was the unanimous decision by 12 Lubbock jurors.

Long was convicted of intoxication manslaughter in 2005, but that decision was overturned. The Amarillo Court of Appeals said Long did not get a fair trial. She was then retried and convicted of the lesser charge of failure to stop and render aid.

The sentencing phase began immediately after the verdict was announced on Wednesday.

Family and friends took the stand to share more about the man Brett Walrath was. Brett was described as a sport lover, loyal friend, and family man.

At the time of the accident, Brett's wife was pregnant with their first child, Christian. Brett was never responsive after the accident. However, when his wife brought his newborn son to see him, and placed baby Christian in his arms, family and friends say tears ran down his face. He died shortly thereafter.

So far, the defense has had only one witness testify on Long's behalf. She talked about how Callie is a loyal friend. She shared how Callie wanted to contact the Walrath family, but was advised not to. She also testified Callie has had to endure four years of unfavorable publicity.

Court will resume Thursday morning. The prosecution is asking Long be sentenced to jail time. Long's defense attorney is asking the jury to recommend probation.

The jury can decide to sentence Long to up to five years in prison, and up to a $5,000.

4/12/07
Intoxication Manslaughter Conviction Overturned
She stands convicted of intoxication manslaughter, but Thursday NewsChannel 11 learned Callie Long has been granted a re-trial by the Amarillo Court of Appeals.

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