2nd straight day of emotional testimony at Leah Walton trial

2nd straight day of emotional testimony at Leah Walton trial

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by GLENN COUNTS / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 8 at 7:43 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Leah Walton sobbed as prosecutors played her recorded statement in a Mecklenburg County Courtroom Wednesday afternoon during the second day of testimony.

The 23-year-old woman is accused of losing control of her car and running over two women on Craig Avenue in August of 2010.

Susan Karabulut and Lisa McIe were on the sidewalk. McIe has had 17 surgeries and gets around in a wheelchair. Karabulut was not as lucky—she was killed instantly.

Investigator Jesse Wood interviewed Walton on the recording.

"Did you realize you crossed the center line,” Wood asks on tape, to which Walton responded, “No, no."

Prosecutors Wednesday tried to show that Walton may have been high.

"There was a substance inside the pill bottle.  That was not a pill and it looked like a leafy substance in kind of a bud form—very small," said Wood.

Defense attorney George Laughrum questioned Officer Mark Jadolcki about his notes, which suggest that impairment was not an issue.

In the recording Walton admitted she was reaching for cigarettes and looking down when the accident occurred.

On Thursday the jury will visit the accident scene to get a feel for the layout. Attorneys won’t be allowed to talk to them while there.
 

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