“But what do you do after you cause an accident? You say you’re sorry. You say you didn’t mean for this to happen. Mr. Gabriel has never apologized for hitting his wife with his vehicle. He never visited her in the hospital. His actions were malicious. He knew what he’d done,” prosecutor Jared Parrish told jurors.
About 2 a.m. in September 2015, Gabriel and his wife were arguing about his “infidelity” at an extended-stay motel on Powers Ferry Road.
Gabriel was a long-haul trucker, and sometimes his wife, who prosecutors said has multiple sclerosis, would accompany him on the road.
According to a warrant, Gabriel had a mistress and was mad that his wife had put “the mistress’ seductive photos on Facebook.”
He got into his truck to leave and his wife followed after him to get her medication from the cab, but he locked it, the warrant said. So she walked around to the front of the truck and “begged” for him to open the door.
“She testified that they made eye contact before he put the truck in gear and accelerated toward her,” unable to get out of the way due to her disability, the DA’s office said.
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