Supreme Court Reverses Bartender's Conviction

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Supreme Court has reversed the involuntary manslaughter conviction of a Reno County bartender who served a drink to a woman who later died.

The court said evidence at trial didn't prove that Billy Scott caused the death of Juanita Goodpasture by serving her a highly intoxicating drink called "The Spotlight.''

The court says jurors could reasonably believe that the drink accounted for some of Goodpasture's blood alcohol content, but there was no testimony that it was the immediate cause of death.

Scott was convicted in 2005 and sentenced to nearly four years in prison.

Goodpasture had a blood alcohol content of 0.43 when she was found dead at her home in July 2004 after a night of drinking with her mother and sister.


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