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Third continuance issued in drunk driving case

Original post made on Feb 14, 2008

A judge in the case against 19-year-old Katie McKewon granted a request to continue the case to April 11.
In the hearing this morning at the Pleasanton courthouse, Kirk Elliot, who is representing the teen, said he wanted to re-test blood samples that McKewon gave to authorities after a car accident that killed her passenger, 19-year-old Laurel Williams.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, February 11, 2008, 5:37 PM

Comments (15)

Posted by chris
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 14, 2008 at 11:40 am

Does anyone know how Laurel's mom is doing....I don't know her, but think of her often and pray for her soul to have some peace....

Posted by wondering
a resident of another community
on Feb 14, 2008 at 6:23 pm

What happened at Paul Stonebarger's hearing on Wednesday?

Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 17, 2008 at 11:10 am


Posted by information
a resident of another community
on Feb 19, 2008 at 7:49 am

Paul's case was continued until April 9th.

Laurel, no disrespect, was not innocent.

Posted by Melissa
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 25, 2008 at 2:30 am

how was Laurel not innocent?

Posted by chris
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 25, 2008 at 10:17 am

Melissa: I think the point of that comment was that it would have been laurel driving and katie killed, that's all....everyone loses here and if she was your friend I am so sorry....I often think of Laurel's mom and wonder how she is....I mean, I can't imagine, I just can't but I pray for her often....

Posted by information
a resident of another community
on Feb 27, 2008 at 12:08 pm

What I meant by saying that Laurel was not innocent, is that she made an adult decision to get into the car with someone who she knew was drunk.

Both girls were drunk that morning and I truly believe that if it was Laurel's car waiting for the girls when they were dropped off she would have drove as well. I am sure this wasn't the first time either of these girls drove drunk.

Posted by Melissa
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 27, 2008 at 8:01 pm

It was 10 in the morning. And i understand that she probably drank the night before but katie drank that morning before they left.

Im not trying to back Laurel up but if it was up to her she actually probably wouldnt have driven! I've known Laurel for over 10 years and have partyed with her and u cant blame her for something that she really couldnt control! So she actually is innocent.

Posted by information
a resident of another community
on Feb 28, 2008 at 8:34 am

She did have control over whether or not she got into the car, so she isn't completely innocent, she made bad decisions that cost her her life that fateful morning too. They were dropped off at another friends house, she could have stayed there; her "boyfriend" dropped them off, she could have asked him to take her home; everybody has cell phones, she could have called somebody.

And I am not so sure about Laurel not drinking that morning, from what I have heard, check your facts, what was Laurel's blood alcohol level at that time?

I am in no way saying that Katie didn't make horrible decisions that morning. I understand that what Katie did was against the law and she is and will do her time for that. And remember Katie will always have to live with what happened that morning, so even when she is done in jail/prison (which isn't going to be easy), she will still punish herself for the rest of her life.

I am so sorry for your loss and I understand your anger but I think, without blame, you are believing what you want to, rather than the facts. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Feb 28, 2008 at 11:47 pm


Since you also "party", please DON"T EVER put your self, or allow others to put you, in a situtation such as the one that took your friends life. Please, we don't want to lose you too...

Remember, another totally innocent person was seriously injured in this accident. She could very easily have lost her life.

I'm sorry for the loss of your friend.

Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 5, 2008 at 4:14 pm



Posted by Chris
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 6, 2008 at 4:37 pm

Cholo - you pray? To what God....because mine is a forgiving God and their is no room for the resentment in your heart. May I suggest you look within....sad.

Posted by Bill
a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Mar 8, 2008 at 6:09 pm

Already drinking? Good parenting skills! LOSERS!!

Posted by Amber Wood
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 8, 2008 at 6:11 pm

Go to church! Save yourself!!

Posted by Jeb Bing
editor of the Pleasanton Weekly
on Mar 9, 2008 at 7:47 am

Jeb Bing is a registered user.

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