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WARWICK - Former Chariho School Committeewoman Terri Serra took the stand as the last witness in her own trial on Monday, and defended the actions she took last October when a teenage drinking party took place on her property, and four Chariho boys were injured in a subsequent car crash. Serra is charged under the stateâ€™s social host law for the party, and under the duty to assist statute for failing to call 911 at the near-fatal accident scene.
According to her testimony, Serra was unaware of the presence of alcohol until after she told the visiting teens to leave, and didnâ€™t call 911 because she was told someone else already had, and she left the scene instead to get a Charlestown volunteer firefighter who she knew lived nearby.
A decision on the case will not be made until November, as District Court Judge Mary McCaffrey will first review briefings filled by Serraâ€™s attorney, Robert Mann, challenging the constitutionality of both state laws Serra is alleged to have broken. The prosecution team will have a chance to respond to those briefings, and the defense will have one final chance to respond back before final oral arguments are given and a decision in made on Nov. 13.
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