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State High Court Upholds Conviction in Drunken-Driving Case

Posted December 19, 2006

— The North Carolina Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a man convicted twice in the death of a Durham girl.

Authorities said Timothy Blackwell was drunk and high on drugs when he killed Megan Dail in 1997.

Blackwell was convicted of first-degree murder, but the conviction was later overturned. Four years ago, Blackwell was retried, found guilty and sentenced to up to 50 years in prison.

Blackwell's lawyers argued that the presiding judge in the case did not follow the law when he handed down that sentence.

The state Supreme Court ruled the judge did make a mistake but did not break the law when handing down Blackwell's sentence.
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  • HighRiskCO Dec 20, 2006

    It's time this country stop defending these criminals and finding loopholes to put the blame on someone else. This criminal made the choice to do drugs and alcohol and then operate a motor vehicle which resulted in death.
    That is the same thing as if he put a gun to someone's head and pulled the trigger. He chose the decisions he made. He chose to drink, he chose to utilize drugs and he chose to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of 18%!
    The State Supreme Court made the right decision. But nothing will bring back the six people he killed.