AUSTIN -- Testimony continues in the trial of a former EMT accused of driving drunk and killing two people. Prosecutors say Terri Elmore hit and killed Pastor Jackson Boyett and his wife Barbara in 2011 near the 'Y' in Oak Hill.
On Tuesday morning, three witnesses provided details from the night of the deadly accident. During a brief recess, Elmore was seen crying, fully aware her future is now in the hands of the jury.
First to testify was the bartender who served Elmore the night in question. He told the court she was on the phone arguing with someone while at the bar for close to four hours. He said she drank about three-and-two-thirds glasses of beer and that he never heard her slurring during that time.
The defense attorney asked if Elmore ever appeared intoxicated or hazy, and the bartender said, "No."
The second witness was the manager of the Jack Allen's restaurant who confirmed the receipts displayed by the prosecutors are valid and that there were no other charges made by Elmore that night.
The third person to testify was an eyewitness to the crash. He is a current truck driver and a certified driving school instructor. He says he was driving behind Elmore as she was going down the hill on Highway 290 West that night and saw her crash into the Boyetts' car. The eyewitness said she never hit the brakes or jerked back the steering wheel as she drifted into oncoming traffic, and in his experience that means a driver is usually asleep. He also said a distracted driver usually looks away for a moment and tries to correct the situation.
The eyewitness saw the head-on collision and then drove ahead to pull over and call 911. He said that after 10 years of driving trucks he knew it was a fatal crash, and there was nothing he could do but make a phone call.
The jury also heard from several firefighters and paramedics who responded to the crash scene in November. During their graphic accounts, both Elmore and church members sobbed in the courtroom. One paramedic testified that of the many scenes he's witnessed, the severity of this one sticks out in his mind. Another said he could smell alcohol when standing near Elmore's vehicle.
Prosecutors also showed graphic pictures from the crash scene. Many church members looked away or left the room as they put up images of Pastor Boyett's body.