Holbrook man found guilty of all charges in crash that killed Boy Scout

The Holbrook man accused of driving drunk and crashing into a group of Boy Scouts hiking in Manorville, killing 12-year-old Andrew McMorris, has been found guilty on all charges.

News 12 Staff

Dec 18, 2019, 7:29 PM

Updated 1,585 days ago

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The Holbrook man accused of driving drunk and crashing into a group of Boy Scouts hiking in Manorville, killing 12-year-old Andrew McMorris, has been found guilty on all charges.
The charges against Thomas Murphy, 60, include aggravated vehicular homicide, second-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault, second-degree vehicular assault and reckless driving along with lesser charges.
The verdict was decided on the second day of deliberations, after the jury came back from its lunch break. Several hours of hearing testimony from multiple witnesses were read back.
Prosecutors maintained Murphy drank vodka all morning while golfing with friends and then refused a ride home from his sober friend. Murphy's defense attorney Steven Politi said he was not legally intoxicated at the time of the crash, and if the blood sample wasn't taken properly, it could've been tampered with.
Politi says the Boy Scouts were also poorly supervised and wandered into the roadway.
Murphy did not comment on the verdict as he walked out of the courthouse surrounded by his family. He faces up to 25 years in prison when he's sentenced.
 
 


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