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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
The trial for the man accused of being responsible for a fiery “road rage” crash that left five people dead has been put on hold.
The court requested for proceedings to recess until Friday at 9 a.m.
Defense attorneys for David Leger were scheduled to begin its case in the trial Thursday morning after the prosecution wrapped up Wednesday evening.
Leger, 32, of Palmetto, faces five counts of vehicular homicide in the crash on I-10 near Prairieville in 2011. A six-person jury will decide his fate. The victims of the crash were:
Liz Fontenot, 29
Kimberly Stagg, 19
Keagan Fontenot, 11
Hunter Johnson, 7
Austin Fontenot, 3
They are all from Prairieville. The wreck happened on I-10 East between Highland Road and Manchac Bayou on March 13, 2011.
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The prosecution called 12 witnesses in its case against Leger. One of those was Kelsye Hall, 26, of Baton Rouge, the other driver charged in the deadly crash. Hall was convicted of five counts of negligent homicide in August 2013. She was sentenced in October 2013 to two years in prison for her role in the crash. She was released from prison on July 6. She is on probation until 2019.
Investigators said Leger was drunk at the time of the crash that they described as road rage. A bottle of alcohol was found in Leger's truck. Toxicology results showed Leger was legally drunk at 0.1. The legal limit is 0.08.
The defense claims Hall caused the deadly accident.