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Lander man asks for homicide acquittal - Gillette News Record: Wyoming

Lander man asks for homicide acquittal

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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012 12:00 am

RIVERTON - The lawyer for a man accused of hitting a girl after she got off a school bus says prosecutors haven't proven that he was driving recklessly.

William Dean Barnes is on trial this week in Lander for aggravated vehicular homicide in the death of 11-year-old MaKayla Marie Strahle of Crowheart last December.

His lawyer filed a motion Thursday asking Judge Norman Young to acquit him of the vehicular homicide charge. Lawyer Devon Petersen said Barnes was driving under the 65 mph speed limit and prosecutors haven't proven that he knew there was a school bus ahead.

The bus had its lights flashing but there was fog at the time.

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