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Grand jury to decide whether to indict woman convicted in fatal DUI case on new charges

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Rebecca Johnson walks into the courtroom Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Rebecca Johnson walks into the courtroom Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015.
Rebecca Johnson's mugshot. Rebecca Johnson's mugshot.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The woman who drove drunk and killed her two passengers nearly 10 years ago was back in court on Tuesday.

Rebecca Johnson's attorney waived the case to a grand jury, which will hear the case late next month. The grand jury will decide whether to indict Johnson on charges of possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, drug trafficking, and being a felon in possession of a handgun. The gun charge carries a five to ten year prison sentence.

The charges come from her arrest in Louisville in October.  In 2006, Johnson's two passengers, Ben McIntosh and Justin Cantrell,  were killed, when she drove drunk and crashed.

Cantrell's mother says Johnson's ongoing trouble wears on her family.

"Hopefully she will be indicted. I know that this is a long process, we're ready for the long process," said Tammy Cantrell-Williams. "At our Thanksgiving table on this Thursday, there will be an empty chair beside me. And that's Justin's chair. But their family won't, they'll have a full table -- at least with their daughter."

This is Johnson's second time being in trouble with the law since the fatal crash. She was sentenced to 20 years, but did not serve any prison time.

In 2012 she broke her five years of probation when she was arrested on drug and public intoxication charges. She served 45 days in jail on work release.

The victims' families say they hope the latest charges will put Johnson in prison.

"She's a 30 year old woman. If she would've tried to turn her life around, then maybe things would be different. We wouldn't be pulled down here, every other month it seems like because of her," said Cantrell-Williams.

If the grand jury returns an indictment, the case will head to circuit court.

"Hopefully she will be indicted. I know that this is a long process, we're ready for the long process," said Cantrell-Williams.

Johnson's lawyer and a woman there supporting Johnson did not want to comment after Tuesday's court proceeding.

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