- Associated Press - Friday, June 29, 2018

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky jury has found a man guilty of five counts of wanton murder in a traffic crash that killed a couple and their three children.

News outlets report jurors in Kenton County deliberated about four hours Friday before convicting 58-year-old Daniel Edward Greis.

Prosecutors said Greis was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana when his vehicle collided with a car in Independence on Oct. 26.

Killed were 27-year-old Samantha Malohn, 26-year-old Rodney Pollitt Jr. and their children, 9-year-old Hailieann, 8-year-old Brenden and 6-year-old Cailie.

Defense lawyer Stacey Graus said Greis wasn’t actually impaired or drunk at the time of the crash. He also maintained that road rage and a vehicle that didn’t make contact are responsible for the crash. Graus said that driver prevented Gries from returning to the right lane before the wreck.

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