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Testimony begins in Ashley Baumann fatal OWI crash trial

Ashley Baumann
Ashley Baumann

MERRILL, WI (WTAQ) - A jury will hear its first full day of testimony Tuesday in the trial of Ashley Baumann, a Merrill woman who allegedly killed two friends in a high speed drunk driving crash.

Authorities said the 26-year-old Baumann was going about 90 miles an hour when she rolled her van into a field in June of 2012 in Merrill, killing passengers Misty Glisch of Jessica Hartwig.  

After a jury was selected Monday, attorneys presented their opening arguments.

The defense claimed that the only survivor of the crash -- 29-year-old Jerrica Woller -- was actually the one behind the wheel. Prosecutors said they have enough evidence from DNA, crash reconstruction, photos, and eyewitness testimony to prove that Baumann was the driver.  

She had a blood alcohol content almost twice the legal limit five hours after the crash. The trial is expected to last about another week in Lincoln County Circuit Court.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)