Jury Ends Deliberations in Fatal Crash

A Chicago Police officer is accused of striking a boy on a bike in 2009

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    Chicago Police Department
    Richard Bolling

    UPDATE: Richard Bolling was found guilty

    A Cook County jury returned Wednesday for a second day of deliberations in the trial of a Chicago Police officer accused of striking a bicyclist in a fatal hit-and-run.

    Richard Bolling, 42, faces reckless homicide, aggravated DUI and leaving the scene of an accident in the May 22, 2009, crash that left 13-year-old Trenton Booker dead. Bolling pleaded not guilty to the charges.

    A toxicologist testified Friday that the off-duty officer was legally drunk when he allegedly hit the boy. But officers who arrested Bolling indicated in the police report that he "did not seem to be impaired" after the standard field sobriety test.

    Ohio-based forensic toxicologist Alfred Staubus testified Tuesday the Breathalyzer results were unreliable because they weren't consecutive and didn't occur until hours after the incident.

    Bolling's defense attorney said his client, a married father of two, was not impaired and cooperated with all of his colleagues' instructions and never asked for any special favors.

    Jurors deliberated for more than five hours Tuesday after closing arguments.

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