- Associated Press - Monday, September 1, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Court of Appeals has overturned the perjury conviction of a man found guilty of causing a drunken-driving crash that killed two friends.

Tyler Davis of Florence testified during his manslaughter trial that one of the victims had been driving Davis’ pickup when it crashed on a back road between Florence and Reedsport in 2010.

Lane County prosecutors filed the perjury charge after the jury determined Davis was the driver.

But the Appeals Court said the judge wrongly instructed jurors to simply accept another jury’s conclusion that Davis was the driver. The court said prosecutors must prove to jurors in the perjury case that Davis was behind the wheel.

The Register-Guard reports (http://is.gd/M3vjh5 Davis was sentenced to 16 years in prison in the manslaughter case and 18 months for perjury.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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