W.Va. man guilty in crash that killed deputy
WAYNESBURG—It took a Greene County jury less than two hours to find Jerod A. Green, 36, of Morgantown, W.Va., guilty Thursday of third-degree murder in the death by vehicle of Monongalia County, W.Va., sheriff’s Deputy Michael Todd May.
Green also was found guilty of multiple other offenses related to the case, which involved his fleeing from police while under the influence of alcohol. His blood-alcohol content at the time of the deadly crash on Feb. 18 near the Mt. Morris exit of Interstate 79 was determined to be 0.189 percent, more than two times the legal limit in Pennsylvania.
Judge William Nalitz instructed the jury that third-degree murder involves extreme indifference to the value of human life and killing with willful disrespect to one’s conduct. Green was found not guilty of the more serious charge of first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer by vehicle.
A sentencing hearing will be set after the presentence investigation is concluded. Green still faces charges in West Virginia related to the accident, which occurred after he fled on Easton Hill Road in Morgantown after he was stopped for questioning.