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When An Accident Became A Crime

James Fulton had been convicted of criminally negligent homicide when his white Dodge pickup crashed into Haile Beasley's Ford Focus killing her. Detectives who investigated the case had dismissed it as an accident since they argued "it did not meet the threshold for criminal prosecution." But the family of Haile Beasley saw it in a different light.

James had admitted that he had drunk several ounces of beer at dinner though he did not seem impaired after the whole thing occurred. He also passed a sobriety test but refused to have his blood drawn and the officers also decided against getting a search warrant for the blood draw. With this in mind, the Beasleys pursued a case against Fulton which led to the whole drama of whether it was an accident or a crime.

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