ATV Death Trial Opens

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David Brannan says he was riding behind Christopher Miller's car on Nicolett Road last July when Miller motioned for Brannan's ATV to pass him, but Brannan says he didn't see the crash, which killed one of Miller's passengers.

Attorney: When you got to the Cedar Grove Nursing Home, what happened?
David Brannan: I went back to find him. I saw he had wrecked. There were a lot of people standing in the road.

Brannan says he was not drag racing with Miller, but people at the scene were not happy with the turn of events. One of them called Brannan “a murderer.”

Brannan testified that the fastest he was going was 30 miles an hour, but witnesses believe it could have been a lot faster.

"They appeared to be speeding," John Maynard said. "It's just a guess on my part, but they appeared to be going 40 to 50 miles an hour."

The mother of victim Jeffrey Huffman was called to identify his body.

Attorney: Were you able to identify the individual who was transported to the hospital?
Deborah Birney: Yes.

Christopher Miller is charged with negligent homicide, although the jury also could find him guilty of involuntary manslaughter.