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Update: Victim's Family Reacts After Onslow County Man Found Guilty In DWI Fatalities

An Onslow County man, accused of killing his two friends last year in a drunk driving accident, has been found guilty of lesser charges.

A jury found Chris Cash guilty of two counts of involuntary manslaughter, two counts of death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, reckless driving, driving with a revoked license and two counts of felonious hit and run.

Cash originally was charged with second degree murder in the January 2012 deaths of Jerry Jackson and Kevin Embler.

The jury deliberated about four hours today before reaching the verdict.

Cash had tears rolling down his face as the verdict was read.

Tammy Ortez is Jackson's sister and says, "I've kept myself this past year from looking at any photos looking at any documents that states the injuries to my brother. Being called and told my brother was killed in a tragic car accident was enough for me. I waited all week long, listening to the evidence, facts that were brought in, testimonies that were told. I wanted an emotion from Christopher Cash. Sadness, sorrow, remourse, but we got nothing. We got smiles and giggles and laughs, even to the point where I was so upset that he laughed and told his mother he'd be home by dinner today and I just thank the jury for not allowing that to happen, because we can't have Jerry and Kevin come home for dinner and I don't believe Chris should ever go home for dinner again."

Cash was sentenced to serve a minimum of 12-1/2 years in state prison, but will get credit served for the past 13 months in jail awaiting trial.

The man's attorney told the judge they plan to appeal the verdict.


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Jurors say they are stuck 11-1 in favor of reaching a verdict in the case of an Onslow County man accused of killing two friends in a drunk driving crash.

Chris Cash is facing two counts of second degree murder in the deaths of Jerry Jackson and Kevin Embler.

Prosecutors say Cash was driving drunk when he flipped his car in Onslow County in January of 2012, killing both men.

Cash's defense attorney says his client wasn't driving when the vehicle crashed.

Jurors got the case Monday morning and by mid-afternoon they reported that one member would not agree with the 11 others. They did not indicate which way they were leaning.

The judge told the 12 jurors to go back and resume deliberations.


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Jurors in a double murder trial in Onslow County have begun their deliberations this morning. The dozen men and women began their deliberations shortly after 10:00 a.m.

Chris Cash is facing two counts of second degree murder in the deaths of Jerry Jackson and Kevin Embler.

Prosecutors say Cash was driving drunk when he flipped his car in Onslow County in January of 2012, killing both men.

Cash's defense attorney says his client wasn't driving when the vehicle crashed.

Closing arguments wrapped up late Friday afternoon and the judge decided to let the jury wait until Monday to go into deliberations.


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