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Testimony begins in San Marcos intoxication manslaughter trial

Shana Elliott did not testify today, but in police dash-cam video the jury heard her repeatedly ask about the crash victims. (CBS Austin)

Testimony is underway in the trial of a San Marcos woman accused of killing two people in a crash in August of 2016.

Monday, Shana Elliott pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter, but the trial didn't end there. Elliott wants the jury to decide punishment so they're hearing evidence to decide what that will be.

Elliott was arrested after a crash on Highway 21 in Hays County that killed Fabian Moreno Guerrero and injured his pregnant wife.

It was a tough day on the stand for Kristian Guerrero reliving the day of a crash that killed her husband. She was driving and remembers the oncoming car but not the impact. But she told the court she does recall someone trying to help afterward. She testified, "There was a woman next to me trying to console me. I really couldn't understand why. She kept telling me everything was going to be okay. I just remember telling her that I was pregnant and I was scared."

Her unborn baby would later die and testifying about that would become too much for her. Prosecutors asked for a break to allow Guerrero to regain her composure. And when she did she testified how the crash changed her world. "There will never be another normal," she said, adding, "This is always something that is going to be there. My heart will always be broken. I'll always love him and our son and I will always want them back. And this will always hurt."

Shana Elliott did not testify today, but in police dash-cam video the jury heard her repeatedly ask about the crash victims.

Intoxication manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 20 years, but because two people were killed and one more injured, the years could really stack up.

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