Trial begins in traffic death of Ky. prosecutor

Daniel Gabbard (Source: Boone County Detention Center)
Daniel Gabbard (Source: Boone County Detention Center)

FALMOUTH, Ky. (AP) - Trial will begin Tuesday for a truck driver accused in the traffic death of a northern Kentucky prosecutor.

Attorneys will begin picking the jury and make opening statements on Tuesday in Falmouth to try Daniel Keith Gabbard, who acknowledges he was driving the rig, but has pleaded not guilty so he can be tried. The crash happened last June on U.S. 27.

The move is an effort to get a lesser conviction in the death of Commonwealth's Attorney Doug Wright.

"So it won't be a contentious courtroom drama. You know, guilt or not guilty," said Eric Deters, Gabbard's attorney. "The issue is gonna be what is he guilty of?"

Gabbard - who is also the pastor of a church in the Over-the-Rhine section of Cincinnati - is charged with wanton murder, which carries a penalty of 20 to 50 years in prison.

Gabbard has publicly apologized and has not tried to post bond to get out of jail.

Deters says he plans to call only three witnesses - Gabbard, his wife, and another family member.

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