KALISPELL — Prosecutors presented text messages with references to suicide to a western Montana jury considering the case of a 17-year-old Evergreen girl charged with two counts of deliberate homicide for a March 2009 crash that killed a pregnant Columbia Falls woman and her 13-year-old son.
Prosecutors say Justine Winter was suicidal and intentionally crashed her car into one being driven by 35-year-old Erin Thompson, killing Thompson and her son, Caden Odell.
Prosecutors on Friday told jurors in District Court that Winter stopped texting at 8:19 p.m., moments before the crash.
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Defense attorneys argue that the deaths are the result of an accident, and it was Thompson and not Winter who was in the wrong lane.
Winter faces up to 200 years in prison if convicted of both counts.