New information of what evidence will be presented in the trial of the Richmond man accused in a deadly hit and run crash on River Road last July came out in court Friday. Elias Webb's trial in the death of Lanie Kruszewski starts Monday.
Elias Webb showed no signs of emotion and gave no comment as he walked into court for the last hearing before what looks to be a contentious three-day trial on a hit and run charge.
Lanie Kruszewski was struck and killed last summer while riding her bike near the Huguenot Bridge. In the days after the accident, we learned Webb's attorneys came to prosecutors, saying the 31-year-old thought he had hit a deer.
As they have been at many of the other hearings for this case, Kruszewski's and Webb's family members sat quietly in the courtroom. But as we learned more about what will come to light during next week's trial, some of them seemed visibly bothered and even squirmed in their seats.
Friday, we uncovered more about what crash evidence jurors will hear.
During the trial, we'll be able to see just how badly Kruszewski was hurt. Webb's lawyer's asked the judge not to allow the Commonwealth to introduce pictures from her autopsy. Court documents reveal those photos would show injuries allegedly caused by hitting Webb's car, which include a nine-inch abrasion along her back and injuries to her face and head. Defense lawyers argued they only serve to inflame the jury, but the judge is allowing them. She stated they illustrate the medical examiner's testimony.
The two sides also have very different positions on how to pick the Richmonders who will decide Webb's fate.
A judge ruled the court will try to go through the regular jury selection process with a few exceptions. By noon Saturday, lawyers will have to submit what extra questions they want to ask potential jurors to determine if there's any pre-existing bias.
Contrary to what the defense team wanted, there will be no individual questions. Side-bar examinations of jurors will be granted when necessary.
The judge also modified a ruling NBC12 told you about last week. She had said any evidence about Webb drinking before the accident could only be presented in rebuttal. Now, she says those facts can come forward if lawyers and witnesses discuss what Webb's perception of that night's events might have been.
Webb's trial is currently set for three days. Jury selection starts on Monday morning at 9:30.
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