AUSTIN - Wednesday was an emotional day of testimony in the trial of John McClintock, who is accused of drunk driving the wrong way on Interstate 35, and killing Domonick Turner in a head-on crash.
Both parents of Turner and McClintock testified Wednesday.
"It's hell, knowing that I'll never see him. Well I'll see him again one day. I will. I know that -- I feel that in my heart. But until then, it's going to be a long time. It's hard not talking to him. I can look at pictures -- like I said we've got 14,000 pictures I can look at, but it's just not the same as talking to him or doing things together," said Dale Turner, Domonick's father.
People cried in the courtroom listening to Turner speak, including McClintock.
"I don't think that's something that you prepare for, losing a child. I mean never, children are supposed to bury us. We're not supposed to bury our children," said Turner.
Dale Turner testified that he and his son Domonick were close. He said they would talk every day that Domonick served overseas in Afghanistan.
The night before the crash, he says he spoke to him on the phone for several hours. He said that Domonick originally wanted to ride his motorcycle from Texas to California for a job interview at Google Aviation, but his parents convinced him to take an airplane since it would be safer.
Turner was on the way to the airport when he died.
"I would not wish this on my worst enemy, someone having to lose a child. it's hard," said Turner.
Turner said that night, he and his wife couldn't sleep, even waking up at one point feeling like he heard two pieces of metal slamming together.
He then described the phone call from Round Rock Police the morning of Nov. 11, 2015.
"He asked me if I knew Domonick Turner. I said 'yeah I'm his father.' He told me had been killed in an accident. That was the worst day of my life," said Turner.
Turner talked about a photo he took of Domonick just before he left on his motorcycle to ride to Texas.
"He was getting ready to leave the house to come to Texas, and my thought was before you leave, let me snap a picture of you, and that's the last picture I ever took of him," said Turner.
McClintock's mother Margo McClintock also testified Wednesday, telling jurors he had a tough childhood of being bullied, and not having friends.
She said she doesn't drink, and discouraged McClintock from drinking. She added it appeared he felt drinking allowed him to have friends.
Margo McClintock also said she was glad to hear Dale Turner's testimony because she wanted to know more about Domonick.
"Hearing Mr. Turner talk about Domonick, I don't think John's ever going to be able to get that out of his mind," said McClintock.
She also cried on the stand, as she imagined what Domonick Turner's parents are going through.
"I can't believe my child did this, and the remorse afterward could I have done anything differently," said McClintock. "I know there aren't enough tears in the world for them. And if there's anything I could do, I'd do it differently, I'd do it in a second."
Earlier in the morning, the prosecution called Round Rock police officer Adam Rankin to the stand. He's an accident investigator who was at home when the crash happened and was called in around 4:22 a.m. He said when he arrived, he saw a "horrible" scene and found McClintock in the back of a patrol car with vomit on his shirt.
Officer Rankin said he wasn't in charge of witness statements or the scene investigation, but determining what could be a factor in the crash. He said it was important for the deceased to remain in place to document evidence.
Pictures from the crash scene were displayed, in one, two shoes were found far apart -- one under the car and one on the service road.
Officer Rankin said he talked to McClintock once he was transported to the Round Rock Police Department and gave him a field sobriety test there, video of which was displayed during the trial. He said McClintock "seemed oblivious to what happened" but said he was polite, cooperative and agreed to give a blood sample.
In provided video, McClintock is heard telling officers he was coming from a bar and driving home when he made a wrong turn. He said he had five beers and three shots of Jack Daniel's between 10:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., and reported that on a drunkenness scale of 1 to 10, he was probably a 6 or 7.
While conducting the field sobriety test, Officer Rankin said he was looking for six clues, all of which he said were exhibited by McClintock. The officer also said that during questioning, McClintock didn't seem to be aware anyone had died in the crash.
Police provided video evidence of McClintock being searched and handcuffed at the scene before he entered the patrol car. While in the vehicle, McClintock can be heard saying, "Yeah, I [expletive] up." After which, he is seen sleeping.
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