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Closing arguments are expected to take place on Monday in the trial of Joshua Gaspar in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Gaspar is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and driving while under the influence for allegedly striking and killing Ohio State Trooper Kenneth Velez on September 15, 2016, while driving under the influence. Court is expected to begin at approximately 11:30 am ET, with possible motions to be discussed prior to closings. Watch live in the player above.
Gaspar is not accused of being drunk, rather the DUI charge stems from him having methadone in his system due to treatment he had just minutes for the accident. Watch live in the player above. Gaspar is facing special upgraded charges due to the alleged homicide of an officer.
In addition to charges related to driving under the influence (which includes one count of aggravated vehicular homicide), Gaspar is also facing additional homicide charges for allegedly driving recklessly. Immediately prior to the accident, Gaspar was allegedly speeding as well, and he had to swerve when the car in front of him stopped short. Gaspar is also charged with driving with a suspended license.
On Friday, a crime scene reconstruction expert took the stand and aided in the presentation of a 3D rendering of the crash scene, which was created using various images and measurements taken from the site of the accident.
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