Hewitt man sentenced to 15 years for killing toddler in drunken crash

McLennan County Jail
POSTED: Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 9:12am
UPDATED: Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 2:29pm

A McLennan County jury found a Hewitt man guilty of intoxication manslaughter with a deadly weapon for an October 2011 car crash that left a 2-year-old dead. That same jury sentenced him to 15 years in prison on Thursday.

David Michael Martin, 42, of Hewitt, is was convicted on Wednesday afternoon after the jury deliberated for about an hour and a half. The punishment phase of Martin's trial began Thursday morning.

Police say Martin's pickup truck hit another vehicle at the intersection of Bagby and Corporation Parkway on October 15, 2011. The impact caused the vehicles to burst into flames. Through their investigation, Waco police discovered Martin had a blood alcohol level two times the legal limit at the time of the crash.

2-year-old Ivyana Shepard was pronounced dead at the hospital.


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