New trial date in road rage shooting - WDRB 41 Louisville News

New trial date in road rage shooting

A judge has delayed the Jeffersonville road rage trial from next month to February 10, 2009.  The trial is for one of the most talked about confrontations of the summer.

As attorneys prepare their cases, the shooting victim continues to suffer complications from his injuries.  Eva Leachman says her son, Wesley Mosier is just a week out of his latest stay in the hospital.  Mosier uses a cane, a catheter and carries bullet fragments in his prostate, almost four months after he was shot.

Yalanda Parrish could go to jail for as much as 20 years if a jury convicts her of shooting Mosier.  Parrish told police she feared for her life and shot Mosier in self-defense, after she and Mosier argued in the middle of Tenth Street in Jeffersonville in June.  Police said it was a case of road rage.

"It's important that he stays visual in the community and to know that someone's out there that did that.  I think they're  talking, they don't want to go jail of course, that's why you don't carry a gun around and shoot people,"  said Eva Leachman, Wesley Mosier's mother.

Leachman says she and her son have mixed feelings if any plea agreement is offered in the case.

"There's a new trial date set.  I don't anticipate a plea bargain at this point.  So, we're preparing for trial," said Steve Stewart, a Clark Co. Prosecutor.

"I think it's too early to comment on whether or not there will be any offers made and if there are whether we'd entertain those offers," said Brian Butler, Parrish's attorney.

A jury could convict Parrish on either criminal recklessness or aggravated battery, or it could find her not guilty.

"Obviously the Parrish family would like to see this over with.  It has not been enjoyable.  Obviously it's been a family nightmare for them," said Butler.

Prosecutors also had charged Parrish's 15-year-old son with misdemeanor battery in the case.  He's accused of taunting and kicking Mosier after the shooting.  The status of that charge is secret because he's a juvenile.

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