Monday Sep 08 2008
Jury selection continues in fatal crash trial
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
Some jurors impacted by alcohol-related traffic accidents
The trial for an Auburn man charged with the death of a Placer High School graduate in a fatal vehicle crash continued Monday with jury selection. Billy Moon, 23, is charged with second-degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, both of which are felony counts for the 2006 death of Stewart Shapton. Moon has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutor Stephanie Macumber and Sacramento defense attorney Clyde Blackmon took turns questioning potential jurors Monday morning. Some jurors indicated they had known of loved ones or friends involved in alcohol-related vehicle accidents. Both the prosecution and the defense asked those jurors if their past experience would affect their judgment in the trial. One juror said it would be difficult, but she would try her best while others said it would not impact their decision. Moon was arrested Dec. 19, 2006 after authorities spent months investigating the solo-vehicle crash that killed Moon’s passenger and friend 20-year-old Shapton June 3, 2006. The accident occurred just before midnight on Bell Road just south of Hubbard Road where Moon was reportedly driving a 2004 Infinity sedan at speeds approaching 100 mph. Officials said the car was allegedly traveling between 90 to 100 mph on a 45 mph curve when it became airborne and left the road just south of Hubbard Road. The car flew about 80 feet, hit oak trees, rolled and landed on its side, official reports stated. Shapton was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident and had to be extricated from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Moon suffered injuries from the accident including a broken neck. Officials reported that Moon was driving under the influence of alcohol and had a blood alcohol level of 0.19 at the time of the crash. The state legal blood alcohol level is 0.08. Moon remains out of custody on bail and is attending California State University, Montery Bay. Moon’s trial is expected to continue through September. It will be held at 9 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in Dept. 44. Prior Journal articles contributed to this report. The Journal's Jenifer Gee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment.