Man on trial for murder

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

After deliberating for more than four hours, a jury did not reach a verdict in a Letcher County murder trial.

25-year-old Jonathan Anderson took the stand today in his own defense.

He is charged with murder after hitting Gwendolyn Whitaker's vehicle and killing her on the Whitesburg by-pass at Stone Avenue last November.

Anderson and his defense admit he is guilty, but attorneys argue the prosecutor over-charged him for the crime.

They say Anderson is guilty of reckless homicide, not wanton murder.

While on the stand, Anderson admitted to drinking eight beers and having a shot of whiskey before getting behind the wheel that day.

He says he knows he made a huge mistake and says he would take it back if he could.

Both families told me they are sorry about what happened on November 21, 2010 because someone's life was taken that day.

"We're suffering the consequences of his actions, and we think he should also. We forever will suffer the consequences of his actions," Tina Allen, Gwendolyn's younger sister.

"He had no intent to murder anybody. It was an accident. Plain and simple," said Leshia Daniels, friend of Anderson's mother

The jury deliberated for more than four hours and did not reach a verdict.

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