TRIAL OF EX-ASTRONAUT CHARGED IN FATAL CRASH SET FOR JUNE

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – The trial of a former NASA astronaut charged in a car crash that killed two girls in 2016 is now scheduled to begin in June.

A judge is Tuscaloosa issued an order Monday setting James Halsell’s reckless murder trial for June 8.

In-person courthouse proceedings are shut down statewide because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But the judge entered a written order without a hearing. Halsell was arrested after a car crash killed two sisters, 11-year-old Niomi Deona James and 13-year-old Jayla Latrick Parler, in 2016.

Authorities contend he was under the influence of alcohol. The defense blames the wreck on sleeping medication.

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4/7/2020 11:41:02 AM (GMT -5:00)

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