Trial set for intoxication manslaughter case

August 11, 2009 7:26:37 AM PDT
We're hearing from the family of a man who police say was killed by a driver who had too much to drink. They say the suspect was drinking alcohol at Minute Maid Park and this incident kick-started an investigation of Aramark. To his parents, he was their only child. To his wife, he was a best friend and co-worker. Now 12 months after the death of David Hall Jr., the family will be able to lay eyes on the suspect for the first time as the trial begins.

"I want to see the man that killed my husband," said Margaret Hall.

For Margaret, her mother-in-law and her father-in-law a wound opened a year ago is still fresh. On Tuesday, they hope the healing can begin because that's when Ray Wilson, 72, will stand trial for intoxication manslaughter in the death of David Hall Jr.

"He left the scene without rendering aid. That was really hard to handle," said Margaret.

Wilson is a manager for Aramark, the food and beverage company at Minute Maid Park. On August 30, 2008, after leaving an Astros game, police say an intoxicated Wilson struck Hall, a Texas Department of Transportation employee working with crews on I-10. Hall shared a home with his mother, father and wife, who still imagine him walking through the door.

"It's been tough. I still look for him to come in everyday," said his mother Bertha Hall.

Almost 12 months after the accident, as the trial gets underway, the tears are too many to hold back.

"My grandfather buried my father. And I had to bury my son. I had no time with my father, and I had no time with my son," said his father David Hall Sr.

Hall was an only child and his best friend was his wife. Married for six years, they both worked for TxDOT, and even rode to work together every morning.

For the first time, the Hall family will be able to look at the man accused of killing their only son and husband.

"Telling him what we've lost. I lost my husband, my best friend, my lover," said

The Hall family says justice would be a 20-year sentence for Wilson. The family also tells us they will be there for the start of the trial Tuesday morning and every day after that.

Police say Wilson drank alcohol for free at Minute Maid Park and they say he was able to leave the park intoxicated. We talked with the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission which confirmed to Eyewitness News that it is working with Aramark on some sort of settlement. The penalty can range from a license suspension to a fine.

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