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 state’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 didn’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 Serra’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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