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19 year-old convicted of Manslaughter in Anderson Co. Court

ANDERSON CO., February 18, 2014— An Anderson County jury reached a verdict in the case of 19 year-old Haden Blaine Gray, of Palestine, who was on trial this past week at the Anderson County Courthouse for the offense of Intoxicated Manslaughter. Gray was accused of driving intoxicated and causing the death of Cheyenne Franklin, then 17, in a one-vehicle wreck which occurred on November 17, 2012.

Franklin was a back-seat passenger in a pickup truck that Gray was driving on Anderson County Road 2102, just north of State Hwy 294. Both Gray and Franklin were students at Elkhart High School, where Gray was a senior and Franklin was a junior. Franklin was killed instantly in the wreck

Although the prosecution attempted to prove that Gray was intoxicated on alcohol and hydrocodone at the time of the accident, Gray’s blood alcohol level was not above the legal limit of .08 when it was drawn. Thus, the intoxication charge was thrown out.

Gray was convicted of Manslaughter, and sentenced by an Anderson County jury of 6 men and 6 women to 10 years of probation. In addition, Judge Deborah Oakes Evans ordered Gray to spend 120 days in jail.

The State of Texas was represented by First Assistant District Attorney Stanley Sokolowski, Assistant District Attorney Scott Holden, and District Attorney Doug Lowe.

Gray was represented by Dan Scarbrough of Palestine.

KYYK's Gary Richards spoke with District Attorney Lowe about the results of the trial. Click below for more.

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