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Conflicting verdicts reached in crash that killed police officer

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James Dorsey James Dorsey
Officer Eric Fontes Officer Eric Fontes
September 13, 2011 crash scene September 13, 2011 crash scene
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A jury handed down conflicting verdicts in a courtroom Monday for James Dorsey, who is on trial for negligent homicide and negligent injury in the crash that killed a Honolulu Police officer in 2011.

The Waianae man says he has no recollection of the crash, which happened after he fell asleep behind the wheel and veered off the road near Ko Olina. Prosecutors said Dorsey should have pulled over because he knew he was too tired to drive, but the defense argued that he should not be held criminally liable for falling asleep while driving.

Dorsey's Toyota Tacoma slammed into a police cruiser parked on the side of the road, killing officer Eric Fontes.

The jury found Dorsey guilty on both charges, but dropped the first count of second degree negligent homicide, which is a felony, to third degree negligent homicide, which is a misdemeanor.  

The jury's decision to find Dorsey guilty of negligent injury, which is a felony, ended up conflicting with the lesser third degree negligent homicide verdict.

The judge did not accept either verdict and will instead decide which one sticks at a hearing scheduled for November 6.

 

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