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Accused ex-FBI agent awaits jury's decision

(ran SS edition of METRO & STATE)

A jury Thursday began deliberating the fate of an ex-FBI agent accused of killing two brothers by driving drunk the wrong way down an interstate.

David Farrall, 39, is charged with DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide in the Nov. 23, 1999 wreck. Farrall, who was fired after the off-duty crash, could face 30 years in prison if convicted.

The six-member jury began deliberating at about 10:45 a.m. and was sent home for the night about seven hours later.

Circuit Judge Marc Gold told jurors to bring changes of clothing today because, though it seemed "very unlikely," he wanted to be able to sequester them should deliberations go into the weekend.

Prosecutor Michael Horowitz said during closing arguments Wednesday that scientific evidence proved Farrall was driving drunk and headed the wrong way on Interstate 95 when he crashed into a car carrying youth minister Maurice Williams, 23, and his half-brother Craig Chambers, 19, a college student.

Farrall had a blood alcohol level of 0.14 percent, well above the 0.08 percent at which state law presumes impairment, investigators concluded.

Defense attorney Bruce Udolf told the jury that Farrall wasn't impaired and that the brothers may have gone the wrong way, as accident investigators first thought. He argued that the blood-alcohol tests were incorrect.

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