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September 7, 2013

Another grand jury to hear Trombly case

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State Police took him into custody following the accident, and a blood sample that was submitted for chemical analysis at the New York Forensic Science Laboratory in Albany returned a blood-alcohol level of .12. The legal limit in New York state is .08.

State Police previously said Trombly was driving home, alone, when he hit Poissant with his car.

Police said he told them he tried but was unable to avoid doing so.

Trombly did not testify before the first grand jury per his attorney, Stanley Cohen of New York City, Wylie previously said.

‘SECOND CHANCE’

Poissant’s family and friends said they have a new sense of hope that justice will prevail.

The young woman’s friend Angela Bechard, 33, of Champlain was jogging with her at the time of the crash and testified in the first grand-jury proceeding.

Bechard said State Police Troop B Bureau of Criminal Investigation Investigator Michael Hoff, who is assigned to the case, called her Friday afternoon to tell her the judge’s decision.

“I feel happy that (the case) is getting a second chance to go in front of another new grand jury,” she told the Press-Republican in a phone interview.

“It should have went through the first time, but it is what it is.”

Bechard will have to testify again, she said, and while it may be difficult emotionally for her, she said she will do whatever it takes to get justice for her friend.

‘NEW HOPE’

Karen Poissant, the mother of Ashley’s husband, Matthew Poissant, was overjoyed when her son told her that another grand jury will hear the case.

“I am ecstatic right now,” Karen said Friday afternoon. “I want to thank Judge Ryan for looking at it again.”

She said Matthew seemed happy when she heard from him.

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