Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Driver Acquitted in Accident That Killed Two near Galleria Defendant Djuan Estelle-Brock Said Seizure Had Led to Crash

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Driver Acquitted in Accident That Killed Two near Galleria Defendant Djuan Estelle-Brock Said Seizure Had Led to Crash

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A jury in St. Louis County Circuit Court acquitted Djuan Estelle-Brock on Thursday of felony murder and leaving the scene of an accident. Jurors deliberated for about three hours before returning their verdict.

Jurors were asked to decide whether Estelle-Brock was deliberately fleeing from one accident when he caused another that killed two people, or whether he was suffering an epileptic seizure when the fiery crash at Brentwood Boulevard and Eager Road in Brentwood occurred on Sept. 12, 1995.

On March 7, another jury deadlocked over the fate of Estelle-Brock, 28, of St. Louis. He works in a research division at the Washington University-Barnes complex. Judge Emmett M. O'Brien declared a mistrial, which brought the same defendant, the same witnesses and the same lawyers back to O'Brien's court this week. The accident near the Galleria killed Anthony M. Rossini, 12, of north St. Louis County, and Todd Johnson, 35, of Greendale. They were passengers in a car whose top was sheared off when Estelle-Brock's Blazer hit it at a speed estimated between 60 mph and 80 mph. In fatal accidents, defendants usually are charged with involuntary manslaughter if they were drinking or driving recklessly. Prosecutor Mike Archer accused Estelle-Brock of felony murder because he allegedly rear-ended a vehicle on Brentwood Boulevard at Antler Drive and was fleeing that accident scene when he crashed into the second car. …

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