posted on September 28, 2010 11:42
A Genesee County Court jury will soon begin deliberating the fate of Ronald Wendt.
The 25-year-old Alexander man faces an 11-count indictment, including Vehicular Homicide, in the death last August of Dansville teenager Katie Stanley.
Katie was a passenger in a car that collided with Wendt’s pick-up truck on Route 20 in the Town of Darien.
Katie and three friends in the car were returning from a concert at Darien Lake.
This morning, Defense Attorney Thomas Burns attempted to place blame for the accident on the driver of the car, 27-year-old Rachel Enderly of Dansville.
Burns took over an hour to discredit the field sobriety tests and the Breathalyzer that showed his Ronald Wendt was drunk at the time of accident and pulled directly in front of the Toyota Camry driven by Enderle.
The lack of skid marks, Burns said, shows Enderle was not in control of her vehicle and could not stop in time to avoid the collision.
District Attorney Lawrence Freidman began his closing statements by projecting a large, color picture of Katie Stanley directly in front of the jurors. He used Ronald Wendt’s own statements to support the prosecutions case. He quoted Ronald Wendt when describing the turn he made in front of the Camry, ‘I thought I could make it,’” Friedman charged, “Ronald Wendt knew he was at fault.” Wendt later told police, you might as well have me blow the Breathalyzer now, and take me to jail…
It shows, Friedman, said, Ronald Wendt was conscious of his guilt.