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2/4/2014 1:11:00 PM
Defense motions filed in Amish teen's death
Lawyers for the man accused of killing a local Amish teen this summer have filed several motions, including one citing a medical condition.

Samuel Lee Meadows has scoliosis, causing a curving of the spine and causes him to lean so it could have misled police into thinking he was intoxicated, according to a defense motion to bar evidence from a field test.

Meadows, 22, Lerna, is charged with aggravated driving under the influence and other offenses in connection with the July 6 accident that killed Leonard J. Beachy.

Meadows was allegedly intoxicated while driving when his car hit Beachy and four other bicyclists south of Charleston, causing fatal injuries to Beachy and injuring the others.

A hearing is scheduled for Feb. 7 on pretrial motions in the case, some of which defense attorney Fred Johnson filed in October, calling for the dismissal of the charges and barring of evidence.

Other more-recently filed defense motions include one to dismiss the charges that claims they currently don't include any accusations that the accident was the "proximate cause" of Beachy's death.

When the accident took place, Beachy and the others, all members of the Crawford County Amish community, were returning home after they attended the Horse Progress Days event near Arthur earlier that day.

According to the police testimony at an earlier hearing in the case, field sobriety tests that took place when Meadows first spoke with police about two hours after the accident indicated he was intoxicated and led to his arrest. An actual blood alcohol test revealed a level of 0.128 percent, above the legal limit for 0.08 percent for driving, according to the testimony.

According to the earlier testimony, Meadows told responding officers that he thought he'd hit a deer and that's why he left the scene immediately after the accident.

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