Trial begins for solider charged in traffic death

Riley Ealy (Source: Kenton County Detention Center)
Riley Ealy (Source: Kenton County Detention Center)

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The trial has begun for a Fort Campbell soldier charged with causing the death of a friend in northern Kentucky by driving drunk.

Kenton County prosecutor Leanne Beck said during opening statements on Tuesday that 27-year-old U.S. Army Sgt. Riley Ealy admitted to being behind the wheel when the car crashed into a tree on Sept. 3, 2009.

Defense attorney Nick Summe argued that evidence will show that the vehicle was actually being driven by 25-year-old James Fry, who died in the crash.

Ealy is charged with manslaughter, wanton endangerment and drunken driving. Beck said Ealy's blood-alcohol level was 0.18, more than twice the legal limit.

Ealy was on leave from a tour in Iraq when the crash happened.

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