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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Amarillo teen charged with manslaughter


Prosecutors charged an Amarillo teen Tuesday with manslaughter after authorities said he raced another car down Interstate 40 and struck a woman’s SUV, killing her.
Edwin Elias Ortiz, 19, also was charged with accident involving personal injury or death in the May 5 collision that left Mearlene Hooker Scott, 77, dead, according to court records.
The manslaughter charge, a second-degree felony, carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine, and the accident charge, a third-degree felony, is punishable up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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