Jury finds Lorenzo Anchondo guilty of intoxication manslaughter after deadly wreck
A jury found Lorenzo Anchondo guilty of intoxication manslaughter on Wednesday night.
The court is in recess until Thursday morning when the sentencing will be set.
“Both of us - me and Sophia - and Xiaoyan’s parents, we deserve closure and we deserve to have justice served and finally able to put this behind us," said Xiaotao Xu, Shi's husband.
Closing arguments in the trial for a man accused of a deadly crash on Mardi Gras last year happened Wednesday afternoon, though it has taken some time for both the state and the defense to get their final points across to the jury.
The judge in the Lorenzo Anchondo trial dismissed the jury for lunch around 11:30 a.m. right before the final charge for the case was finalized.
Anchondo was facing charges of intoxication manslaughter and manslaughter.
Both groups of attorneys discussed and debated about the charge Wednesday morning.
Anchondo was accused of intoxicated manslaughter in the death of Xiaoyan Shi after stop sign in the Cincinnati Entertainment District area was damaged and fell on her, killing her. Anchondo was accused of driving the vehicle that damaged the traffic sign on Mardi Gras night in 2017.
The defense presented an argument to the presiding judge to have the intoxicated manslaughter charges brought down to a lesser charge. The attorneys for Anchondo wanted the charge to be changed to criminal negligent homicide.
They claimed the brakes in Anchondo’s truck were faulty and the grade of the turn he took during the accident made him unaware of the risk of an accident.
The state countered that argument by saying Anchondo was drunk behind the wheel so the negligence isn’t a factor.
The jury began hearing closing arguments around 1 p.m.