A long-delayed jury trial for a fatal accident out-the-road may not happen after all.
Ryan West’s defense attorney, David Seid, announced on Tuesday in Juneau Superior Court that a tentative plea deal was in the works. He asked for another hearing on Wednesday to update the judge on the potential agreement. Seid said that he’d rather not comment on the case until after the Wednesday hearing.
West is being charged with second degree murder in connection with the death of Gabriel Carte, 19, in June 2011. West and Carte were both in a truck that went into a ditch and rolled several times at Mile 35 Glacier Highway. West sustained minor injuries. Carte died when he was ejected from the vehicle. Police believe alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.
West, who is now 27-years old, is currently scheduled to stand trial next Monday. But Seid asked the trial date not to be taken off the calendar, at least not yet.
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