Jurors sent home for the day in fatal crash case

Posted at: 04/03/2014 12:34 PM
Updated at: 04/03/2014 6:35 PM
By: WNYT Staff

The jury deliberating the fate of Brendan Hoffman has been sent home for the day.

The Stephentown man is accused of driving drunk and high, then crashing and killing his friend.

The jury started deliberating inside the Rensselaer County Courthouse around 9 a.m. Thursday morning.

They have requested to hear the read-back of testimony from a witness.

The case is centered mainly on whether or not 22-year-old Hoffman was behind the wheel of a car during a crash that killed 24-year-old Christopher Baker.

The accident happened in June 2012 on Princeton Road in the town of Stephentown.

Baker was thrown from the car and died.

Police say the two men had been drinking and smoking pot that night with friends.

Prosecutors argue that Hoffman was the driver and that he left the scene fearing that he was in trouble and could face punishment.

The defense says prosecutors failed to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt and argues that Hoffman left the scene of the accident because he was in a daze that night.

Hoffman faces nine charges including aggravated vehicular homicide.