February 16, 2010
Posted: 05:03 PM ET
Palm Bay, FL – Surveillance video from the BP station where defendant Jennifer Carty, victim Ravin Billington and their friends, Tyler Richmond and Gary Hinman, were hanging out did not show the group purchasing alcohol. BP employee Paul Dockery Jr. was called to the stand by Prosecutor James McMaster to explain this evidence. Police do not know where the group acquired the beer bottles found at the crash scene. The only item purchased at the gas station that evening was a pack of cigarettes by Jennifer Carty.
Both Jennifer Carty and Ravin Billington had been drinking earlier in the evening while out “mudding,” or off-roading, with friends. The last time the pair was seen on surveillance video was at 11:51 a.m. The fatal accident that claimed Ravin Billington’s life occurred around 12:44 a.m. Immediately following the crash, Tyler Richmond called 911 at 12:45 a.m. Billington was found unconscious but still breathing, while Carty was discovered face down in a watery ditch. Neither girl was wearing a seatbelt. Jennifer Carty’s blood alcohol content (BAC) measured .126 and Ravin Billington’s was determined to be .167. Carty claims she does not remember the accident.
Of all the facts, the only one in dispute is who truly was behind the wheel that fateful evening. The prosecution argues Jennifer Carty was the driver, while the defense claims Ravin Billington had driven several of her friends’ vehicles on different occasions, including Jennifer Carty’s black Hyundai. Will the prosecution be able to prove their burden? Tune into In Session tomorrow for continuing coverage of the trial.
-Shannon Black, In Session Production Assistant
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