Ala. crane driver faces murder charges in crash

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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A grand jury has charged a crane driver with murder over a crash that killed two people.

A Mobile County grand jury on Friday indicted John D. Lopez on a count of murder. He had previously faced a charge of vehicular homicide.

Investigators said Lopez was driving a crane back from a job site in northern Alabama on Oct. 26 when he stopped in a right lane. Al.com (http://bit.ly/17u0XCP ) reports that a pickup truck slammed into the back of the crane, killing James Wilson Barber and Lorine Lilly Frazier.

A police officer earlier testified that Lopez told a nurse that he had taken pills and methamphetamine.

Defense attorney Dennis Knizley accused prosecutors of overreaching. He said the accident was the result of mechanical failures and Barber's driving.

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Information from: Press-Register, http://www.al.com/press-register/



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