In California, if your DUI causes the death of another person, you might be charged with one, or more of the following – negligent vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and second-degree murder, sometimes referred to as “Watson” murder. The murder charge is the most serious and can result in a prison sentence of 15 years to life. You will also have a felony on your record, which restricts many of your rights and can have lifelong effects on your ability to obtain employment. The Livermore Patch reports on a woman due to enter a plea in an accident that caused the deaths of two people.
26-year-old Lauren April Davis will appear in court on Friday to enter a plea against charges of murder and gross vehicular manslaughter. She was originally supposed to enter the plea back in February, but the court date has been moved several times.
The charges stem from a November 2017 accident that claimed the lives of two people who had been passengers in the Kia that Davis had been driving. One passenger was partially ejected and the other passenger was fully ejected.
16-year-old Violet Campbell was partially ejected and died at the scene Alexys “Lexy” Garcia, 25, was fully ejected from the overturned vehicle. She succumbed to her injuries a week after the accident.
Davis suffered minor injuries from the accident.
She is facing charges of murder and gross vehicular manslaughter as well as three counts of driving while intoxicated causing injury. Davis has previous convictions of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, making her eligible to be charged with “Watson” murder under California law.