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Tucson man convicted in 2016 crash that killed ex-lawmaker

Posted at 6:13 PM, Apr 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-12 18:28:55-04

A jury returned a verdict in the trial of a man accused killing Pima County Supervisor Ann Day, the younger sister of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, on Wednesday.

Nearly two years ago, Jarrad Barnes was driving over 80 miles per hour near River and First Avenue when he crashed into Day.

Authorities say 77-year-old Ann Day suffered fatal injuries after her vehicle was struck head-on by a car that crossed a median.

Drug screen show Barnes has three drugs in his system at the time. Jurors also convicted Jarrad Barnes of criminal damage, endangerment, driving with an illegal drug and possession of marijuana.

Jurors found Barnes not guilty of manslaughter but guilty of criminal damage.

Barnes is scheduled to be sentenced May 14.

County sheriff's officials say a search of Barnes' car turned up a bag of marijuana and he told detectives he had smoked pot the night before the crash.