Trial for man accused of running over child recessed until February

Brad Welch (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)
Brad Welch (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)

LIVINGSTON, LA (WAFB) - Testimony got underway Friday morning in the trial of a man accused in the death of a 6-year-old boy.

Brad Welch is charged with negligent homicide in the death of Tyler Myers. The courtroom was packed for the first day of the trial.

Tyler's parents walked into the Livingston Parish Court House wearing yellow to show their support.

Investigators say Brad Welch was on his cell phone when he turned his truck into his driveway and hit Myer. It happened just over a year ago on Rue de Fleur in Denham Springs.

Authorities said Welch told them he had a glass of wine earlier that day. But his attorney says because Welch's blood alcohol content was a .054, below the legal limit, isn't a factor in this trial.

"People do have a drink and they're not intoxicated and they drive. There's no evidence at this point in time to indicate that even if he had a drink that was a contributing cause of this accident," said Welch's attorney Michael Thiel.

Following opening statements, a detective testified about the information he took the night of the accident.

The judge announced the trial has been recessed until February because an important witness in the case won't be available to testify for a few days. Prosecutors are not talking until the judge renders his verdict.

The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said Welch ran over the boy with his vehicle in the driveway of Welch's home in Watson in September 2012.

Officials said Myers was rushed to the hospital, where he died.

Deputies believe Welch was on his cell phone as he was turning in to the driveway and didn't see the boy.

According to investigators, Myers was riding his scooter in Welch's driveway.

Authorities said Welch told them he felt a bump and he got out of his vehicle to find the child lying on the ground behind his car.

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