EASTON, Pa. - A man accused of causing a crash that killed three other people in Northampton County will stand trial.
Terrell Barclay appeared in court Wednesday morning for a preliminary hearing. He's no longer using a walker, but he covered the wounds on his face as he entered the office.
Prosecutors said Barclay was high on drugs and drunk while behind the wheel of a speeding car that slammed into a parked car in Bethlehem Township on May 6, but his attorneys said there is no proof he was driving.
"Before he even got to court, I feel like the papers already made him seem like a bad guy," said Barclay's sister, Tiffany Barclay.
In the courtroom, the prosecution called four witnesses to talk about the fatal crash.
An officer testified he tried to stop the car Barclay and three others were in after seeing it go 85 to 90 miles an hour in Freemansburg, Northampton County.
The officer said he never saw the driver and arrived seconds after the crash on Willow Park Road in Bethlehem Township.
Officials said the car hit a row of parked cars before bursting into flames, killing Amanda Martin, Joshua Edwards and Ashlee Mosher.
An officer testified Barclay climbed out of the rear passenger window and was fully engulfed in flames. As Barclay tried to remove his clothes, the officer said marijuana fell out.
The investigator also testified that Barclay had a blood alcohol content of .19 percent and marijuana in his system.
The coroner's report showed the only seat in the car that was empty was the driver's seat, but the defense said the evidence doesn't prove Barclay was the driver.
"It was all over social media that he was the driver," said Brian Pearsall. "That is how we initially found out about it. He was the driver. My sister was the passenger, Amanda Martin."
The defense also told the judge the blood draw was done without a warrant or Barclay's consent because he was sedated while getting medical treatment.
Outside the courtroom, there were a lot of tears from Amanda Martin's mother.
"He says he wasn't the driver. It's totally (expletive)," said Lillian Martin.
And there were some angry words from Terrell Barclay's sister.
"He went before his judge, his jury, and was convicted," she said, "and I hope this does go to trial, because everything that was said in there, was a lot of contradiction going on."
Barclay's next court appearance is December 20.
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