The man accused of driving drunk the wrong way on I-35 and killing a veteran is now charged with murder.
The Grand Jury in Williamson County decided 31-year-old John McClintock will face an additional charge of murder.
The charges stem from on incident that happened November 11th. 25-year-old Domonick Turner was riding his motorcycle on I-35 toward Austin, when officers said McClintock was driving the wrong way on the interstate and hit and killed him. According to police, McClintock said he drank five beers and three shots of whiskey before getting behind the wheel.
Mindy Montford is a former District Attorney and now works criminal and family cases. “If you are driving while intoxicated, and you hurt somebody or you kill somebody, they have intoxication assault, and they got intoxication manslaughter. So there is a law on the books, but the maximum for killing somebody with just a DWI would be up to 20 years,” Montford said.
McClintock was facing just an Intoxication Manslaughter charge, but Wednesday the grand jury indicted him on murder. Montford said the state could add the higher charge, because he committed a felony by evading arrest. “If in the course of committing any felony, you commit an act that is clearly dangerous to human life, and you kill somebody, the state can charge you with a higher degree which is in this case is felony murder.”
With the added murder charge, McClintock could spend the rest of his life behind bars. Montford said he now is facing 99 years to life.
McClintock is not in jail, but he does have some restrictions. He can't drive a car unless it has an interlock system. He also must always wear a device, which monitors him for alcohol intake.