NASA Astronaut’s Reckless Murder Trial in Fatal Crash Delayed
The reckless murder trial of a NASA astronaut that was scheduled for this Monday has now been delayed by an Alabama judge. The trial would have seen the astronaut tried for the death of two girls who were killed in a fatal crash caused by him.
The accident took place back in 2016. James Halsell Jr., 63, of Huntville collided with another vehicle in which two young girls, their father and another woman were traveling. The two girls who had been identified as the 11-year-old Niomi Deona James and 13-year-old Jayla Latrick Parler, died in the accident. Their father and the woman traveling in the vehicle at the time were severely injured.
Halsell is a former astronaut who had served as shuttle commander at NASA. He flew a total of five shuttle missions before retiring from the agency and working with the private industry.
Halsell was arrested in the wake of the crash but was subsequently freed on bond. Investigations on the case have been slow. While initial investigations suspected that Halsell was driving under the influence of alcohol when the accident happened, results showed no signs of alcohol in his blood. Halsell’s attorneys argue that the sleeping medication he had taken was to blame for the accident.
Presently, an Alabama judge has delayed the trial of Halsell after it was argued by the defense that the lead attorney’s father had died, which was why he couldn’t participate in trial proceedings. No new date for the trial has been set.
Halsell is facing reckless murder charges for the accident. Murder is a very serious criminal offense in Alabama and the penalties carry a potential prison sentence of 20 years to life sentence. In most cases, a person who is sentenced over the charges has the option of parole after a certain years of good behavior.
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