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Archive for Thursday, April 7, 2011

Jury finds Wichita police officer innocent in fatal car crash

April 7, 2011

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— A Wichita police officer is not guilty of vehicular homicide.

A jury on Thursday found Officer Garrett Shaddix innocent of charges stemming from the December 2009 death of 30-year-old Christopher Perkins.

Perkins died when his car collided with a patrol car Shaddix was driving on the way to a disturbance call.

Prosecution witnesses testified that Shaddix was driving between 60 and 75 mph in a 40 mph zone with no warning lights or siren when Perkins turned in front of him.

Shaddix's attorney argued that Perkins did not judge correctly when deciding whether to make the turn.

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