SD Supreme Court Overturns Conviction
by Associated Press
March 28, 2013 11:02 AM
A split South Dakota Supreme Court has overturned a Sioux Falls woman's manslaughter conviction in a fatal car crash.
The 3-2 ruling says 30-year-old Tammy Kvasnicka is entitled to a new trial because a police officer's testimony should not have been allowed in her first trial.
The majority opinion says the officer's testimony comparing the force of the July 2010 crash to more than 900 handguns being fired simultaneously was not relevant and probably influenced the jury's verdict.
Authorities say Kvasnicka drove the wrong way on Interstate 229 in Sioux Falls while drunk and hit an oncoming car, killing one person in the car. Evidence showed her blood-alcohol level at the time of the crash was three times the legal limit for driving.