During Walker's trial this week, a video from the bus was played in court that appeared to show Walker with his cellphone in hand as children boarded the vehicle. According to ABC News, prosecutor Crystle Carrion argued, "It all could have been avoided if Johnthony Walker had slowed down below the speed limit and stayed off his phone."
When he took the stand in his defense Wednesday, Walker told the court he wasn’t on his phone while driving and said he wasn’t speeding despite being accused of driving 20 mph over the limit. His defense attorneys argued another car caused Walker to swerve.
Joe Warren, a Chattanooga police officer who reconstructed the scene, testified Tuesday that no evidence suggested the second vehicle was in Walker's lane of travel. If it had been, Warren said, there would've been a head-on collision based on tire marks.
Authorities ruled out drugs and alcohol as explanations for the crash.
Walker is set for sentencing on April 24.
In other news:
A Fresno police officer was photographed doing something nice for a dog. William McCarty was seen feeding a hungry, stray pit bull mix. The dog was friendly but so skinny its ribs are visible on one side.