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Columbus couple claims a van thief is responsible for homicide

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email 

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  A Columbus couple charged in a vehicular homicide case from 2009 is facing a judge this week.

William McCrary is on trial for homicide by vehicle, because witnesses say they saw a man matching his description driving the van that night. His wife Yvonne is facing charges of tampering with evidence and filing a false report about the van being stolen.

Attorneys presented their opening statements this morning in Judge Bobby Peters' courtroom.

William and Yvonne McCrary claim their white van was stolen on January 27, 2009, and the thief who took it was actually the person that hit and killed 19 year old Adrian Huling. The defense maintains the story that the McCrarys had nothing to do with the accident and an unknown thief was the one behind the wheel when Huling was killed.

The prosecution, however, says the McCrarys have lied through the entire case and said, "Why did they lie if there is nothing to hide?"

Adrian Huling was a student at CSU when police say the McCrary's van hit his moped at the intersection of Luna and Amber Drives in January 2009.

Police recovered the van a couple months after the accident, but it wasn't until the following year when they named William McCrary as the suspect.

Attorneys say that since there are so many elements to this case, and there are several witnesses, they expect the trial could take a week or more. The trial continues Wednesday morning in Judge Peters' courtroom.

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