Defense calls witnesses in trial of ex-state trooper accused of killing 2 teens in crash

Jury says it’s deadlocked in trial for ex-trooper accused in fatal crash

But judge tells jurors to continue deliberating fate of A.J. Scott

A Carroll County jury has reached a unanimous decision on two counts, but not all in the trial for a former Georgia state trooper accused in a 2015 fatal crash. 

Judge John Simpson sent jurors back for more deliberations shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday, despite the foreman stating a unanimous decision was unlikely. Shortly after 2 p.m., the jury again said it was deadlocked in a written note to the court. 

“We the jury are at a deadlock,” the note read. “There is no chance or possibility of this changing.” 

Simpson again told jurors to return to the jury room for more deliberations. And they will return again Wednesday morning to continue their work. 

Anthony “A.J.” Scott was driving 90 mph in a 55-mph zone moments before crashing into a Nissan Sentra with four teenagers inside. 


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Kylie Lindsey, 17, and Isabella Chinchilla, 16, seated in the backseat of the Nissan, died from their injuries. Both were students at South Paulding High School. Two others — Dillon Lewis Wall, then 18, and Benjamin Alan Finken, then 17, both of Douglasville — were critically injured and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. Both Wall and Finken survived.

Scott was indicted on two counts of second-degree vehicular homicide, two counts of serious injury by vehicle, violating oath of office and one count each of speeding and reckless driving.

The jury foreman said jurors are unanimous in their decision on the last two charges: speeding and reckless driving. But they remain split on the other charges. 

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Anthony Scott is accused of causing a crash that killed two teenagers on Highway 27 in Carroll County in 2015.

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