UPDATE: A Davidson County jury finds Benjamin Brewer guilty of causing the 2015 crash on Interstate 75 that killed six people and hurt six others. 

Jurors deliberated for six hours before finding Brewer guilty of six counts of Vehicular Homicide by Intoxication, four counts of Reckless Aggravated Assault, Driving Under the Influence and Speeding. 

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Brewer hung his head slightly as the verdicts were read while family members of the victims quietly cried in the courtroom. 

“I’m happy for the families on the legal side of it after two and a half years is over with, with such an enormous loss of life, it’s still a sad, sad day,” Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston said, “It seems they paid attention and worked hard and we appreciate their service for the people here of Hamilton County.”

Lead Defense Attorney Mike Little declined to comment after the verdict. 

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Brewer will be sentenced on March 12, 2018. He faces up to 72 years behind bars. 

A lot of this case centered around science, from reconstructing the scene to the drug tests. 

Pinkston said it was one of the challenges he faced while presenting the case. 

“While you want to be scientific, you also want to deliver it in a way that people understand it and so that’s always a challenge to do that,” he said. 

Chattanooga Police Officer Joe Warren testified in the case. He was one of several investigators who reconstructed the crash. 

For Warren, it was hard to find the words to describe his emotions after hearing the verdict. 

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“To see it come to this end, I don’t know what words to put into it. It’s one of those, we’re very glad to see that the jury was able to see through the smoke and see through the whatever,” Warren said. 

The families of the victims declined to comment after the verdict. 


The jury has reached a verdict on day four of the trial against truck driver Benjamin Brewer.

The jury has found Brewer guilty of 10 counts of vehicular homicide by intoxication.

The jury also found Brewer guilty of four counts of reckless aggravated assault, one count of DUI, and one count of speeding.

The judge has Brewer's sentencing date for March 12 at 9:00 a.m.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates to this story.


PREVIOUS UPDATE: Jurors are five hours into deliberations in the Benjamin Brewer trial as of 2:00pm Thursday.

The eastern Kentucky truck driver is facing 12 charges related to the June 2015 crash that killed six people on I-75 in Ooltewah. 

Jurors listened to 17 witnesses over three days of testimony. 

Two hours into deliberations, an altercation outside the courthouse spilled into the front door where a fire alarm was pulled. 

It's unclear if the situation had an impact on deliberations. 

Prosecutors say Brewer was high on meth at the time of the crash but the defense says Brewer fell asleep behind the wheel. 

Stay with Channel 3 for updates on this story. 


PREVIOUS STORY: Today, a jury from Nashville will deliberate and possibly deliver a verdict in the trial of Benjamin Brewer, a Kentucky truck driver charged in the 2015 deaths of six people.

Testimony began Monday, with expert witnesses supporting both prosecutors and defense teams.

Both sides rested after calling 17 witnesses to testify on the stand. 

Prosecutors say Brewer was high on meth at the time of the crash but the defense says Brewer fell asleep behind the wheel. 

Brewer is charged with 12 counts related to the crash that killed six people and hurt six others in June 2015.


Channel 3's Michelle Heron is in the courtroom and tweeting live updates from the trial. Her posts can be seen below.