Nestande indicted on two serious charges in fatal hit-and-run

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Posted on October 25, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 25 at 6:48 PM

AUSTIN -- According to KVUE's exclusive news partner the Austin-American Statesman, Gabrielle Nestande, a former Capitol staffer who was awaiting trial on a lower-level felony in a high-profile fatal hit-and-run was indicted late Wednesday on two more serious charges.

The 25-year-old was originally charged only with failure to stop and render aid after that crash in May 2011.

Wednesday night, a Travis County Grand Jury handed down two new and much more serious charges.

Nestande is now charged with manslaughter and intoxication manslaughter, both of which are second-degree felony crimes punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Police said Nestande had admitted to being in an accident in West Austin early on May 27. Neighbors found the victim, 30-year-old Courtney Griffin, dead on the side of the road hours later. Nestande's car was parked in a driveway half a mile away.

She was arrested later that day at the State Capitol where she worked as an aide for a Texas lawmaker.

Click here for more information from the Austin American-Statesman.

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