Grand Jury to Decide Fate of Trucker in Tracy Morgan Crash
Roper's attorney, David Glassman, has claimed Wal-Mart's settlement of Morgan's lawsuit generated publicity that harmed the Jonesboro, Georgia, resident's chance for a fair trial. He's also seeking to have the charges against his client thrown out, and officials have said a hearing on that motion will likely be heard in April.
The crash killed comedian James McNair and seriously injured Morgan and two other passengers. Morgan, a former "30 Rock" and "Saturday Night Live" star, suffered brain trauma, broken ribs and a broken leg.
Aggravated manslaughter carries a 10-to-30-year prison term on conviction, while a death-by-auto charge carries a five-to-10-year prison sentence. Each assault-by-auto charge is punishable by up to 18 months in prison.
An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board concluded in August that Roper hadn't slept in the 28 hours before the crash, a finding Glassman has disputed.
The report concluded that Roper failed to slow down immediately before the crash despite posted warning signs on the turnpike.
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The board faulted Morgan and other passengers in the limo van for not wearing seat belts and for adjusting headrests, which it said contributed to the severity of their injuries when the limo was struck from behind.
The motion to dismiss the charges, before Superior Court Judge Michael Toto, will likely be heard in April.