Judge Keeshan has denied the request by Nicole Baukus for a new trial. He found it not to be creditable that Deputies planted evidence in her vehicle. He also determined her attorney did investigate her case thoroughly.
In June 2012, surveillance cameras at a Woodland’s area bar show a teetering Baukus enjoying the night before stumbling alone into the parking lot. An hour later, traffic cameras captured Baukus’ truck heading the wrong way on I-45. Baukus’ truck then slams into a car, killing Travis Saunders, 18, and Nicole Adams, 19, and critically injuring 22-year-old David Porras.
Prosecutors said Baukus downed 21 drinks in four hours. Prosecutors also said her DNA was on the driver’s airbag and steering wheel, and her left shoe was wedged on the driver’s floorboard, along with her bloody sock.
Baukus at first told officers a man was driving her truck, then said her dad, before eventually stating she was the driver.
Baukus initially pleaded not guilty, at first claiming she had been drugged. During the trial, she changed her plea to guilty and was sentenced to 38 years in prison. Baukus must serve 19 years before she is eligible for parole.
“This was an appropriate sentence for what she did; when she laughed at the hospital, when she laughed at the scene,” Montgomery County prosecutor Andrew James said following the conclusion of the trial in 2013.
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