San Marcos jury now deciding punishment for drunk driver who killed 2, injured 1
The jury is still out in San Marcos as they deliberate punishment for an admitted drunk driver. Shana Lee Elliott pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter after a crash that killed two. The case went to the jury at 2:30 Thursday afternoon after hearing from more than a dozen witnesses. The last witness was the driver at fault.
For more than two days the jury saw a whirlwind of evidence about a drunk driving crash that would leave two people dead. Shana Lee Elliott -- then 21 years old -- was booked to await trial. Thursday, Elliott took the stand to apologize for her actions that day. She said, "I just remember as soon as the accident happened I knew that I had made the worst decision ever."
But prosecutors weren't ready to call the crash a simple offense. They reminded her of a liquor bottle she was seen attempting to hide under her car, a bottle she admitted was full at the beginning of the day of the crash.
Elliott's lawyer asked for probation and her family promised to work with her to meet its terms. And she also apologized to the victim's family saying, "I just want to say to the victims I'm sorry from the deepest of my heart. And I know an apology doesn't do much but I pray for forgiveness every day."
And something to think about: The man killed in the crash also had been drinking, but he decided to let his wife drive them home. He died because the other driver chose to drink and drive.