BELTON — Bell County prosecutors Tuesday continued building their case against a 50-year-old retired soldier accused of killing a motorcyclist while driving drunk in Killeen nearly three years ago.
It was the second day in the trial of Eugene Kelly Wolfenberger, a former Killeen resident accused of killing 47-year-old William Allen Reed of Killeen on Aug. 11, 2010.
Wolfenberger was westbound on Westcliff Road when he allegedly collided with the rear end of a motorcycle driven by Reed near the intersection of Westcliff and Beta Circle, killing Reed. If convicted, Wolfenberger could spend up to 20 years in prison.
Prosecutors on Tuesday called on Killeen Police Officer William Pereya, who recounted the night of the accident and events leading up to Wolfenberger’s arrest.
According to his testimony, Pereya arrived at the scene of the accident and began following a trail of fluid from Wolfenberger’s vehicle into a nearby neighborhood. After receiving information about a 911 call Wolfenberger’s wife had made, Pereya proceeded to a home on Purser Drive, about a mile from the crime scene.
Pereya stated that he saw Wolfenberger’s damaged car, a gray Toyota Camry, parked near the residence. Pereya also testified that he saw Wolfenberger stand up and put his hands over his head as he saw the officer exit his patrol car.
“(Wolfenberger) said, ‘I’m the one you’re looking for, I did the bad deed,’” Pereya told jurors.
Prosecutors also showed video footage of a conversation that night between Pereya and Wolfenberger. In it, Pereya asks Wolfenberger if he hit a motorcycle. Wolfenberger’s response was difficult to hear, but Pereya admitted to hitting the vehicle.
Wolfenberger’s defense attorney, Mike White, noted that the footage did not capture Wolfenberger raising his hand or making the “bad deed” comment.
During cross-examination, White pointed out that Pereya and other officers spent more than an hour searching for a suspect, raising the argument that Wolfenberger wasn’t drinking and driving but drinking at his home.
“You can’t rule out that he was, in fact, not impaired at the time of the accident,” White said.
Other witnesses called to the stand Tuesday included other Killeen police who investigated the accident, as well as a representative from the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office, who said that Reed died from serious trauma to his head, spine and internal organs.
A Texas Department of Public Safety crime-lab technician told, telling jurors that DNA evidence taken from the windshield of Wolfenberger’s vehicle matched Reed’s.
The trial is expected to continue today in 264th District Court.
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