Judge delays hearings on sentencing and new trial for man convicted of vehicular homicide

Judge delays hearings on sentencing and new trial for man convicted of vehicular homicide

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The man found guilty of vehicular homicide in a crash that killed one cyclist and seriously injured another will have to wait a little longer to learn his fate or if he will get a new trial.

Joseph Branch was found guilty in October in the 2012 death of Nathan Crowson. After obtaining a new defense team, he filed a motion for a new trial, which was supposed to be heard on Wednesday, but Judge Michael Erwin postponed the hearing until Feb. 11.

Josephine Heller is on Branch's new defense team and told Erwin there is new information her team is investigating and may file a subsequent motion for a new trial.

Branch faces five to 30 years in prison for the Jan. 21, 2012 wreck on Perkins Road that left Crowson dead and put Daniel Morris in the hospital for almost a month.

Investigators said Branch had a blood alcohol level of .307 at the time of the crash, which is nearly four times the legal limit.

His attorney for the trial, DeVan Pardue, said he believes the machine used to test his client's blood alcohol level gave an inaccurate reading.

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