State rests in double intoxication manslaughter trial

Victim’s families share grief in tearful testimony

Author: Paul Venema, Reporter,
Published On: Oct 16 2013 06:40:14 PM CDT

Relatives of two men killed by Taylor Rosenbusch, 21, on May 8, 2011, told of their loss as they wept on the witness stand Wednesday.

It was a tragic Mother’s Day that they testified they will remember always.

Tony Morin, 45, and Keith Hernandez, 23, were killed as they drove to work at about 4 a.m.

Rosenbusch was driving the wrong way in the southbound lane of Interstate 35 at Toepperwein Road.

Her blood alcohol level, doctors testified, was point .26 -- more than three times the legal limit.

She pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two counts of intoxication manslaughter.

“I still can’t believe it happened,” Grace Zuniga, Hernandez’s mother testified.“Every morning, I wake up and there’s a void in my life.”

Tony Morin’s sister, Terry Rubio, said her mother saw television news reports of the accident and was in disbelief.

“She felt bad for the mothers of the two gentlemen -- the two people under the yellow tarp -- not realizing it was her own son,” Rubio testified.

Rosenbusch is facing a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison on each count.

Her lawyers say they will offer evidence to support their position that Rosenbusch does not deserve the maximum sentence.

Testimony will continue on Thursday in 226th District Court.

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