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Carbonaro awaits verdict

Rochester, N.Y. -- A Monroe County jury of 11 men and one woman is deliberating in a DWI and manslaughter case. The defendant is Taylor Carbonaro, 23, who is accused of driving drunk back in February 2012, when a one-car crash killed his girlfriend, Mallory Hale.

The couple lived together with Hale's family in Sweden and both were returning home from a bar at the time of the crash.

The crash happened on Route 19 (Lake Road) in the early morning hours. The car struck a pole, a tree and a parked pickup truck. The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and Hale was pronounced dead at the scene.

Carbonaro was found under a trailer near the crash scene and reportedly made statements to emergency responders and deputies that suggested he was driving and had been drinking that night.

Yet, during the two-week-long trial, Carbonaro's lawyer presented evidence that suggested Hale was in fact behind the wheel of the car. Additional expert testimony suggested Carbonaro had no memory of what happened, and to date his lawyer maintains his client does not remember specifics about the crash.

In closing arguments Monday afternoon, the prosecutor countered that claim and told the jury "He drove her to her death."

The jury deliberated most of the afternoon and into the evening on Monday.

Deliberations will continue on Tuesday morning.

Carbonaro faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charges.

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