Adrian Ramirez acquitted of all charges in December 2017 death of Winfield woman

first_imgby Shane Farley, – A Sumner County Jury Thursday found Adrian Ramirez not guilty of involuntary manslaughter – and other lesser charges – in the December 2017 death of Winfield’s Amanda Villarreal.Adrian RamirezRamirez, 26, of Oxford, had been out on bond and left the Sumner County Courthouse a free man following the reading of the verdicts. He was the driver in a motor vehicle accident north of Oxford that killed Villarreal.Ramirez had been accused of drinking and driving – a blood test put his blood-alcohol level at 1.2, well over the legal limit – and told sheriff’s investigators he was probably speeding.Villarreal’s friend, Alexis Hafenstein, told KSOK-NewsCow she was disappointed in the verdict.“He was drinking and driving,” she said. “We needed justice for Amanda, and unfortunately we didn’t get that today.”Ramirez was also acquitted of lesser charges that included DUI and a traffic violation. A jury of eight women and four men returned from lunch today to hear jury instructions and closing arguments before beginning their deliberations.The trial was in its third day.On Dec. 3, 2017, Villarreal was a passenger in a 1990 GMC Sierra driven by Ramirez, who was driving in the Oxford area late at night, after being out with friends in Winfield. Ramirez failed to negotiate a curve at 50th Ave. and River Rd., lost control and rolled the truck.The 24-year-old Villarreal was ejected from the vehicle.Villarreal initially survived the accident, but her condition deteriorated while Ramirez left the scene to get help. Ramirez returned with aid and called 911, however, multiple attempts to revive Villarreal were not successful.The accident is said to have happened sometime around 4 a.m. Ramirez told authorities he had consumed approximately four beers at a bar in Winfield the night of the accident.Jonathan McConnell, Ramirez’s Wichita-based defense attorney, told jurors Villarreal was not wearing a seatbelt. He also said the state could not prove that the blood draw for alcohol testing was conducted within three hours of the accident. Meeting that time constraint is required by law.The defense also called an expert witness who reconstructed the accident and said he didn’t believe impairment or speeding to be a factor.McConnell declined an opportunity to comment on the verdict. Asst. Sumner County Attorney Mitch Spencer had little comment except to say that the evidence was presented and the jury handed down the decision it believed to be appropriate.Ramirez and his supporters appeared relieved by the verdict while they sat in the hallway of the courthouse.Friends and family of Villarreal were stunned by the jury’s decision and some were crying.Those friends included Andrue Gill, who met Villarreal in high school.“We clicked instantly. We had many laughs and shared many jokes,” he said. “We had so many good times. She was pure light. She was everything I could ask for in a friend.”Asked about the verdict, Gill said.“It’s crazy, I don’t agree with it.”last_img

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