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Jury deliberating in dangerous driving case

Jurors in a Red Deer trial of a woman charged with dangerous driving are deliberating after the Crown and defence wrapped up their cases.

Cherish Elsie Schutte, 24, of Canwood, Sask., has admitted to driving the vehicle when it crashed with another at the intersection of Hwys 21 and 11 on Aug. 29, 2010, resulting in the death of her mother, Donna Ann Johnson, 47, of Parkside, Sask.

The Crown and defence attorneys made their closing statements on Wednesday morning, before Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Peter McIntyre gave the jury of eight men and four women his instructions. The jury began deliberating after 11:30 a.m.

While Schutte has agreed with the fact that she was driving and was at fault in the incident, her attorney Eamon O’Keefe said she was not guilty of the criminal charge of dangerous driving.

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