The defense questioned witness testimony numerous times Tuesday and whether the accident was caused by alcohol. Assistant District Attorney Bobby Ortego is expected to call more witnesses Wednesday. If convicted, Tanjia Chandler could face up to 20 years for the intoxication manslaughter charge.
"My family remembers July 19, 2010 as the day my father was killed. Before, it was the day we remembered as my parent anniversary," said Butaud stepson, John Anderson.
A Jefferson County jury late Wednesday afternoon sentenced 47 year old Tonjia Chandler to 20 years in prison. The sentence came after an eventful day in the courtroom.
2010 would have been their 30th wedding anniversary.
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After a day and a half of testimony, Chandler late Wednesday morning changed her plea to guilty to intoxication manslaughter.
Watt says once out, Chandler was stumbling, wouldn sit down and kept reaching into her truck.
Samuel Watt saw it all. He told the courtroom he jumped out to help.
Chandler told Judge John Stevens Wednesday that she still wanted the jury to decide her punishment for the accident that killed 55 year old Dudley Butaud. Chandler told the judge she would like the jury to consider probation as her punishment.
Chandler sentenced to 20 years for intoxication manslaughter
Several pictures of the July 2010 wreck on Hwy. 365 in Port Arthur were shown in court Tuesday.
Attorney Bobby Ortego says 47 year old Tanjia Chandler hit a guard rail on Hwy. 365 in Port Arthur and swerved head on into Butaud truck.
Paramedic Ian Bryant testified that chandler told him she drank three beers that day.
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July 19, 2010, the day Butaud lost his life, was supposed to be a day of celebration.
"I saw a woman screaming, me out! Get me out! and I went to her and helped her through the window," said Watt.
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Witnesses to the accident testified that Tanjia Chandler seemed intoxicated at the scene of the crash. Family members of Dudley Butaud covered their eyes when pictures of the 55 year old victim body were shown to the courtroom.
Family of Butaud testified that the man was killed the same day as his 30th wedding anniversary.
A Jefferson County Forensic Scientist was called to testify during the punishment phase. He told the jury Chandler blood alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit July 19, 2010 when Butaud was killed.
47 year old Tanjia Chandler is accused of killing 55 year old Dudley Butaud in June, 2010. Samuel Watt testified he was following Butaud when Chandler truck swerved. He said after the crash, Chandler was pulled from the window of her truck and was staggering around the scene, refusing to sit down. He said she kept heading back to her truck, but never pulled anything out.
Update 6:00: Witnesses detailed the tragic circumstances that left a Port Arthur man dead in a 2010 accident. 47 year old Tanjia Chandler is charged with intoxication manslaughter in the death of 55 year old Dudley Butaud.
that two beers from a six pack were in Chandler truck, and she seemed intoxicated.
Anderson told the courtroom he and his stepfather had been together just moments before the accident. Butaud had been helping Anderson fix his car, and they were headed home to Port Arthur. Anderson said to the courtroom that he beat Butaud home. He turned on the TV and saw video of the accident on the news.
"I went to the other person in the Ford, and it was Nike Air Max 120 one man. And it looked like he was in pain, and he was moaning," said Watt.
Chandler was charged with intoxication manslaughter in the death of 55 year old Dudley Butaud. Family of Butaud testified that the man was killed the same day as his 30th wedding anniversary. Witnesses told jurors they say Chandler car hit a railing and careen into Butaud car on Highway Air Max 95 New Release
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