(Kenton County, Ky.) - A Northern Kentucky soldier’s trial for a deadly drunk driving crash continues Thursday.
Army Sgt. Riley Ealy, 27, was allegedly at the wheel during a crash on Amsterdam Road in Kenton County in September 2009. A friend of Ealy - Walton resident James Fry, 25 - was killed.
Ealy, who was home from a tour of duty in Iraq at the time of the crash, is charged with manslaughter, wanton endangerment and drunken driving.
Ealy’s defense attorney has been trying to convince the jury in Kenton Circuit Court that Ealy was a passenger at the time for the crash and only told police he was driving to help Fry stay out of trouble. It was not until later that Ealy realized Fry would not survive his injuries the lawyer says.
Prosecutors showed the jury Ealy’s videotaped confession with police during the trial Wednesday.
A state medical examiner testified that it was impossible to tell where Fry was sitting in the car based on the autopsy.
The trial is expected to last through Friday.