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Alex Pothast guilty of vehicular homicide

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A jury found Alex Pothast guilty of vehicular homicide by drunk driving and reckless driving Tuesday at around 3 p.m. after less than two hours of deliberation. A jury found Alex Pothast guilty of vehicular homicide by drunk driving and reckless driving Tuesday at around 3 p.m. after less than two hours of deliberation.
Pothast, far left, and others wait for a verdict to come in during jury deliberations Tuesday afternoon. Pothast, far left, and others wait for a verdict to come in during jury deliberations Tuesday afternoon.
Pothast leaving the courtroom after hearing the jury's verdict Tuesday afternoon. Pothast leaving the courtroom after hearing the jury's verdict Tuesday afternoon.
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A jury found Alex Pothast guilty of vehicular homicide by drunk driving and reckless driving Tuesday at around 3 p.m. after less than two hours of deliberation.

Pothast showed no emotion in the courtroom as the verdict was read.

His sentencing will be June 24 at 9:30 a.m. The judge also ordered a pre-sentence evaluation and substance abuse evaluation.

Pothast was found guilty of drinking and driving in 2010 when he crashed, killing one of his passengers. That passenger was Joshua Young of Waverly.

Pothast, who was also charged with criminal mischief on Oct. 15, 2012, after vandalizing vehicles the day before, will have a plea hearing on that charge May 17 at 9:30 a.m.

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On Tuesday morning, the defense started their case and brought in witnesses who could best describe the road conditions where the accident happened.

The defense of Pothast brought in four people who live on 240th Street in Waverly. All of them described the road in which the accident happened as in rough condition -- frost boils, soft shoulders and chuck holes.

The defense then brought in an expert in traffic accident reconstruction: Shawn Gyorke, a patrol sergeant from a town near Chicago.

Gyorke said he has investigated hundreds of accidents and suggested the cause of the accident was road conditions and the driver's speed.

"Eighty miles per hour, when taken into consideration at that particular speed (that) was followed in an environment such as the one in this particular case, makes the speed aspect that much more causally linked to the ultimate rollover and ultimate collision," Gyorke testified.

Pothast has pleaded not guilty to both counts against him -- vehicular homicide by way of intoxication and vehicular homicide by reckless driving.

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