• Woman found guilty in crash that killed father, son


    BURKE COUNTY, N.C. - A jury found a woman guilty on Monday in a crash that killed a father and son last year.

    Amie Jo Skeens was found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of felony death by motor vehicle and DWI.

    On Monday, Audrey Moody told the jury when her husband Brent and son Kevin didn't arrive home she went looking for them. That is when she came upon the crash scene just a few miles from their home where she saw a police officer holding something.

    "I pulled his hand and said that is my husband's license and he just looked at me and said 'ma'am I am sorry, they have both been killed,'" said Moody.

    Skeens also fought back tears during the testimony. The Highway Patrol said she was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine when she crossed the center line, hitting and killing the father and son who were riding the same motorcycle.

    Channel 9 was there for the arrest after investigators say Skeens left the scene.

    "I did not touch anyone," said Skeens during her testimony.

    During closing arguments, Skeens' attorney argued what happened was a tragedy but was not a second -degree murder case because she has never been convicted of a previous DWI.

    "The law is not murder, ladies and gentleman, but the state wants you to make that jump," said her attorney, Charles Bostian.

    Prosecutors argued her actions that night showed a reckless disregard for human life.

    Assistant district attorney, Corey Sherrill, held the last pictures ever taken of Brent and Kevin Moody. He told the jury the accident should not be blamed on where it happened but the person involved.

    "Airport Rhodhiss Road didn't get doped up, coked up, pilled up, liquored up, and get behind a wheel of a car," said Sherrill.

    The jury began deliberating around noon on Monday and announced their verdict around 3:30 p.m.

    Skeens has not been sentenced yet.

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