High court hears West Paris teen’s manslaughter case

September 11th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

PORTLAND — The state’s highest court heard arguments Monday on both sides of a trial judge’s decision not to allow statements made by a West Paris teenager about texting while driving at her trial on two manslaughter charges.

Kristina Lowe

Kristina Lowe

Justices on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court also heard from a prosecutor and defense attorney as to why and why not Kristina Lowe’s statements to a Maine State Police trooper should be considered voluntary, as the trial judge ruled.

In December, Active-Retired Justice Robert Clifford threw out statements Lowe, then 19 years old, made while at Maine Medical Center in Portland after a motor vehicle accident in which two teenagers died. She was recovering from crash-related injuries and was treated with several medications for a broken back, among other injuries.

Lowe was in the courtroom Monday listening to her attorney, James Howaniec, argue in favor of upholding Clifford’s ruling that Lowe’s statements should be inadmissible after she was considered to be in custody.

Lowe is charged with manslaughter in the deaths of Rebecca Mason, 16, of West Paris and Logan Dam, 19, of Norway.

Lowe also faces two charges of operating under the influence, causing death, and one count of aggravated leaving the scene of an accident on Jan. 7, 2012. In June last year, she pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Police say Lowe was driving 75 mph in a 55 mph zone, had been drinking

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