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March 29, 2013

No verdict yet in Derry fatal accident case

BRENTWOOD — Jurors deliberated for nearly three hours yesterday without reaching a verdict in a Danville man’s negligent homicide trial.

Cameron Dearborn, 19, is charged with causing the death of Pinkerton Academy classmate Korey Traficante, 17, in a car crash in Derry on Nov. 20, 2010.

Dearborn and his family waited anxiously outside the courtroom for a verdict, but were told shortly before 4 p.m. that jurors had not reached a decision and would resume deliberations at 9 a.m. today.

Yesterday marked the fourth day of the trial. Opening arguments began Monday afternoon and the prosecution rested its case Wednesday afternoon. The trial resumed late yesterday morning and the jury started deliberating at 1 p.m.

The defense claims Traficante, not Dearborn, was the driver of the Toyota Saturn that struck a stone wall before hitting a tree and flipping over near 20 Frost Road. Dearborn lived at 5 Frost Road at the time of the crash.

During the trial, neighbors and rescuers testified how they arrived at the crash scene to find Traficante dead in the back seat and Dearborn in the front, screaming and trying to get out through the windshield. Dearborn injured his back in the crash and was flown to a Boston hospital for treatment.

Dearborn wasn’t charged in the crash until 13 months after the accident.

If convicted, Dearborn could face seven and half to 15 years in state prison.

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