Witnesses Take the Stand in Intoxication Manslaughter Case

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A man who pled guilty to one count of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault asked a judge to decide his punishment on Monday.

19-year old Dahlton Osborn was charged in the death of a man and the serious injury of a woman out on Padre Island on Jan. 12. Osborn pled guilty to running over the couple on the beach.

Prosecutors presented several witnesses Monday. All of them recalled the night of Jan. 12 as being very foggy, making driving on the beach treacherous. It was that night that the two victims were run over.

41-year old Adam Reed was struck near Packery Channel around 1 a.m. Osborn was behind the wheel, with a blood alcohol content of .18 -- twice the legal limit.

Witnesses who were in the car with Osborn testified that Osborn was staggering and had been drinking before getting behind the wheel.

"It was too horrible of a night. I mean, you couldn't really see. I just went out with some friends to have a good time and hang out with some friends, you know. You couldn't really see, and there was no point in being inebriated beyond being able to drive a vehicle, because it was a horrible night," witness Robert Davis said. "Because you couldn't see five feet in front of you."

Testimony is expected to wrap up in the 117th District Court. Osborn could be facing up to 15 years in prison.


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