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Trial begins against Ashley Baumann in OWI homicide case


MERRILL, Wis. (WSAU) -- Attorneys delivered their opening arguments today in the trial against Ashley Baumann.

Special prosecutor Tara Jenswold told the jury that the facts and evidence in the case would show that Ashley Baumann was behind the wheel when she flipped her vehicle into a field and killed two people in 2012. The state contends that there's sufficient evidence in the case, including DNA, crash reconstruction, photos and testimony to prove their case.

State officials say Baumann was driving nearly 90 miles an hour and was the last person ejected from the vehicle after it rolled over into the field. She also had a .157 blood alcohol content when tested 5 hours after the crash.

Defense attorney Wright Laufenberg says there are still too many questions in the case, and that evidence will instead show that the other survivor in the crash, Jerrica Woller, was the person behind the wheel at the time of the crash.

25-year-old Ashley Baumann faces seven separate charges including two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle. The June 7th 2012 crash killed 33-year-old Jessica Hartwig and 31-year-old Misty Glisch of Merrill. 29-year-old Jerrica Woller survived.

9 women and 6 men were selected today to serve on the jury, 12 regular jurors and 3 alternates.

The trial is expected to last all week.