Jury Reaches Mixed Verdict In Fatal Mt. Lebanon Accident Trial
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – After a week of testimony followed up by closing arguments this morning, the jury has reached a mixed verdict in the case of a woman who was killed while out running with her children in Mount Lebanon last year.
Benjamin Cope, 21, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter along with two counts of recklessly endangering another person, but not guilty of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence. He was also found not guilty of being in possession of a controlled substance.
Cope is accused of hitting 36-year-old Lisa Styles who was jogging with her children in a stroller on Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon last summer.
Closing arguments began Saturday morning and the jury received the case around noon. The verdict came down after 4 p.m.
Earlier this week, a professor of pharmaceutical science testified that Cope had marijuana in his bloodstream at the time of the accident. However, the levels were not high enough for him to be impaired.
Cope could face a maximum of nine and a half years in prison. Also, Cope’s bond was not revoked.
His sentencing has been scheduled for Dec. 16.
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