ELLSWORTH - Kari Jo Milberg was found not guilty of three counts of negligent homicide and a count of reckless driving as her jury trial came to a conclusion this afternoon at the Pierce County Courthouse.
It took the jury less than two hours to reach the verdict as the trial wrapped up this afternoon with closing statements by Pierce County DA Sean Froelich and defense attorney Aaron Nelson. The trial last four of a scheduled seven days.
According to news reports,the defense did not call a single witness during the trial as the prosecution called several including police investigators, witnesses to the crash, family members of the victims and Jason McKenzie the person the state accused Milberg of sending text messages to before the accident.
The charges against Milberg, 35, Centuria, come from a fatal two-vehicle accident Milberg was a
part of back in December of 2013 which her 11-year old daughter Lydia, and two
five-year old nieces Clara Pavek of Prescott and Laynie Jo Amos of Amery died
while both her son Easton and Milberg herself were injured. The charges were
brought in February of 2015.
Milberg lives with her young son, who also survived the accident. She was declared to have amnesia about the accident from the injuries she suffered and being in a coma afterwards.