Retrial continues in motorcyclists’ deaths

Jun 12, 2012, 11:00 AM

PHOENIX — A jury is being asked to determine whether a dump truck driver
charged in the deaths of four motorcyclists in north Phoenix acted recklessly.

The Arizona Republic reported arguments were set to
continue Tuesday in a second trial for Michael Jakscht, 47.

Jakscht is facing four counts of manslaughter and additional counts of
aggravated assault and endangerment.

He is accused of plowing a 12-ton truck into a group of motorcyclists stopped
at a traffic light on March 25, 2010.

Prosecutors said Jakscht, who tested positive for methamphetamine after the
accident, acted with reckless disregard.

Defense attorney Jennifer Willmott said Jakscht was able to drive the truck
with precision for several hours earlier that day.

At his previous trial in August, a jury deadlocked 9-3 in favor of acquitting
Jakscht.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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Retrial continues in motorcyclists’ deaths