JPD originally reported incorrect speed in Irby crash - - Jackson, MS

JPD originally reported incorrect speed in Irby crash

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Karen Irby originally faced two counts of depraved heart murder, which each carried a life sentence. But her charges were reduced to culpable negligent manslaughter, which carries a maximum 20 year sentence.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith said the charges were reduced when investigators discovered Irby wasn't going as fast as initially reported.

JPD initially said Karen Irby was going over 100 miles per hour when she crashed. But Smith said he couldn't find evidence to support that figure. When he asked police to take a second look, investigators found Irby was actually going 70 miles per hour.

"We were surprised that the calculations were not there, and the photographs were not there, indicating striations from what we call yaw marks and skid marks. So we had to request that the investigation be done again. The result turned out to be a 70 mile per hour speed limit," said Smith.  

"I'm just glad we were able to discover any mistakes before presenting a case to a jury, and come up with the right conclusions," added Smith.

Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin was Jackson Police chief at the time. He was not available for comment.

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