Jury still deciding fate of southern Indiana man - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Jury still deciding fate of southern Indiana man

A southern Indiana jury is now deciding the fate of a man charged in a crash that killed a family of three.

The jury has deliberated on this case since 12:15 this afternoon. Denny Wages faces three counts of reckless homicide in the retrial of 2004 case. His previous trial ended in a hung jury.

"I wasn't able to last time so this time I was able to have the strength. I went to the cross and asked the kids to give me strength the get through this," said Nina Owens. 

Owens lost three family members in this June 2004 crash.

The man charged in their deaths, Denny Wages, is on trial for a second time. A mistrial was declared in his first trial, after the jury failed to agree on a verdict.

Most of the facts in the case are not disputed. Wages tried to pass a line of cars along U-S 150 in Floyd County. During his attempt. his pickup truck collided head-on with another car.

The family in that car, Bobby, Kimberly and Shelby Littrell all died.

Prosecutors say Wages should not have tried to pass on a double-yellow line and claim his actions were careless.

Witnesses who testified claim Wages was weaving in and out of traffic prior to the crash.

"The evidence is overwhelming. If he would have looked, and the defense even acknowledged that if he would have looked, when he made his pass in the passing zone, he would have seen them," said Prosecutor Steve Owen.

Wages's attorney says his client made mistake but should not face criminal charges. Wages is charged with three counts of reckless homicide.

"Making a mistake and looking too soon is different than just recklessly jumping out in front of another car," said Wages's attorney, Mike McDaniel.

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