The murder trial against U.S. Marine Jason Riley King is scheduled to begin today with opening statements in San Diego, California. King is accused of two counts of murder, two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter, and two counts of driving under the influence. Opening statements are expected to begin at approximately 9:00 a.m. PT/12:00 p.m. ET.
Prosecutors say King was driving a white pickup truck northbound in a southbound travel lane on State Route 163 in the San Diego area when he slammed into a Toyota Prius occupied by medical students Madison Cornwell and Anne Li Baldock. Cornwell and Baldock were killed. King was said to have a blood alcohol level of .15 or more according to a criminal complaint obtained by Law&Crime. Tests after the crash pegged him at a .145.
The criminal complaint against King also states that he injured Jared Molitoris, Stosh Ozog, and Yuki Iizuka. Iizuka became “comatose due to brain injury,” the complaint reads. The other two suffered broken bones.