PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. — Testimony began Tuesday in a case involving a man accused of purposefully striking another man with his vehicle.
Morgan Vandergriff faces charges of first-degree murder for the death of John Maynard. Vandergriff is accused of striking Maynard in May 2018 while driving in Ranch Lake Estates in Scott Depot.
Putnam County Prosecutor Jennifer Karr told the jury Vandergriff drove past a stopped school bus. She added witnesses told authorities Maynard ran to the edge of his driveway, yelling at Vandergriff to slow down.
According to Karr, witnesses said Vandergriff instead accelerated, hitting Maynard. His body flipped over the car and he hit his head on the windshield.
Karr said Vandergriff didn’t check on Maynard.
The suspect’s attorney, Bryan Escue, called the incident an accident, telling the jury Vandergriff was braking and did check on Maynard after the act.
Charles Edwards, who owns the land where Maynard was struck, said Vandergriff never slowed down. Edwards added he believed the act was intentional.
The trial will resume Wednesday at 9 a.m.