In Texas, a high-profile trial for vehicular manslaughter has political overtones

It's rare that a jury trial for vehicular manslaughter captivates the public's attention in central Texas. But Gabrielle Nestande, a former legislative aid for a Republican lawmaker, has been no ordinary defendant in a captivating six-day trial that, on late Tuesday, went to the jury. Nestande stands accused of a fatal a hit-and-run following a night of drinking in Austin, the capital. On the day before her arrest at the Texas House, the Baylor University graduate had, ironically, been honored by lawmakers for her exemplary work as a legislative aide. She got her start in government as an intern on Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign. Now, the 25-year-old faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted for manslaughter, intoxication manslaughter, and failure to stop and render aid -- all for allegedly killing 30-year-old Courtney Griffin, a well-liked fifth-generation Austinite. Griffin was a nanny, animal lover, and veterinarian's assistant. She was killed almost instantly in...(Read Full Post)