Body of deceased teen accidentally shown in court
Defense attorney Hart Miles asked Wake County Superior Court Judge Osmond Smith to declare a mistrial in the case against Dr. Charles and Kimberly Matthews Wednesday afternoon after the prosecutor inadvertently showed a photo a teen who died in a car accident after drinking at the Matthews home.Posted — Updated
When the photo of Taylor’s corpse appeared on the courtroom projection screen, his mother, Connie Taylor, gasped, then immediately doubled over and began crying. His father, Greg Taylor, immediately ran out of the courtroom.
After meeting with Miles and Wake County Assistant District Attorney Jason Waller, Smith asked each juror whether he or she could discount the photo and the reaction in ultimately deciding whether the Matthewses are guilty. All answered yes, and Smith denied the motion for a mistrial.
Much of the afternoon testimony came from law enforcement officers who responded to either the Matthews' home or the Hunting Ridge Road crash scene.
Raleigh Police Officer Pete Manukas, a crash reconstruction specialist, told the court that he estimated JT Taylor's BMW was going about 89 mph when it left the roadway.
Adults saw teens drinking at Matthews' wedding
A wedding photographer testified he saw the teens drinking throughout the night and had a conversation with them late in the party. He said they were hard to understand because they were so impaired.
Wedding guest Brian Johnson testified that he urged JT Taylor to get a ride home.
"I blatantly asked him, 'What are you on?' He said he was inebriated and he was stoned," Johnson said.
Before the trial began, Miles moved to dismiss the charges against his clients on that argument, but a judge denied his request.
Thomas Matthews was charged along with his parents, but he pleaded guilty before their trial began. He will be sentenced after the trial of his parents.