Pastor Trial Begins
KENNEWICK, Wash. - The trial for a pastor accused of killing a teenage girl with his car began Tuesday in Kennewick.
Just minutes after the discarded jurors left the courtroom, prosecutors gave their opening statements.
They accuse Pastor Randall Foos of hitting and killing 19 year old Sara Casey with his jeep on Clearwater Avenue in September of 2003.
Prosecutors claim Foos has bad eyesight and knew he shouldn't be on the road.
"In September of 2004, he saw another doctor in Portland, who said there's no way he could pass a drivers test, but the defendant continued driving and he continued driving until the inevitable happened," said Benton County Deputy Prosector Terry Bloor.
Bloor explained Foos suffers from diabetic retinopathy, which causes swelling in the eyes and results in blurred vision
When it was time for Foos' defense attorney to begin his opening statements he didn't disagree, but he asked jurors to pay attention.
"Now the prosecutors office wants you focus on a few things, but they don't want you to focus on the whole story," said Defense Attorney Mason Pickett.
Pickett contended although one doctor may have told Foos not to drive at one time doesn't mean that diagnosis applies to the time of the accident.
"The vision problems are secondary to, they are a symptom of the diabetic retinopathy and they're subject to change," said Pickett.
Some witnesses in the trial include several of Foos' doctors, and drivers who saw the accident.