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Ex-UNC student found guilty in crash that killed two Charlotte women, child

The jury saw previously unreleased photos Tuesday in the trial of a former UNC student who officials said drove drunk and killed three people in collision on Interstate 85 in July 2015.  Credit: David Hurst/CBS North Carolina The jury saw previously unreleased photos Tuesday in the trial of a former UNC student who officials said drove drunk and killed three people in collision on Interstate 85 in July 2015. Credit: David Hurst/CBS North Carolina
Chandler Kania in court. (WNCN) Chandler Kania in court. (WNCN)
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) -

Chandler Kania, a former UNC student charged in a drunken wrong-way Interstate 85 crash in 2015, was found guilty of three counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of reckless driving on Monday.

Monday was the third day of deliberations in Kania’s trial.

Kania had already pleaded guilty to a number of charges stemming from the crash, but took three counts of second-degree murder and reckless driving to trial.

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Kania, who was 20 at the time, spent the night leading up to the July 19, 2015 crash drinking heavily before being involved in an argument over a girl, according to testimony. Kania drove his Jeep the wrong way on I-85 in Orange County, hitting a Suzuki sedan head-on.

Felecia Harris, 49, of Charlotte, Darlene McGee, 46, of Charlotte, and 6-year-old Jahnice Beard of Brooklyn, New York were killed in the collision. A 9-year-old girl survived the crash.

The three victims were headed to Charlotte after traveling to Virginia for a family reunion.

The jury had three options: They could have found Kania guilty of second-degree murder, guilty of involuntary manslaughter or not guilty.

The jury deliberated for roughly three hours Thursday.

On Friday, they asked for a flip board, post-it notes, photos of skid marks after crash, and text messages.

Kania was found guilty on the four charges on Monday by a unanimous jury.

On Oct. 3, Kania pleaded guilty to:

  • Three counts of felony death by motor vehicle
  • Felony charge of causing serious injury
  • Felony driving while impaired
  • Having on open container of alcohol
  • Driving after consuming alcohol while under age 21
  • Consuming alcohol under age 21
  • Two counts of using a false driver’s license
  • Driving the wrong way on a dual-lane highway                                                                                                                                                        

Prosecutors said the guilty plea was not part of any deal made by Kania and his attorneys.

The sentencing process began immediately after the trial ended, but no ruling has been made at this time.

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