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Vehicular homicide trial begins for Roberson

Terry Roberson

Terry Roberson

ALBANY, Ga. — Testimony is expected to begin today in the trial of Terry Roberson, who has been charged with vehicular homicide in the death of an Albany man early last year.

Roberson, arrested in March 2010, faces charges including vehicular homicide, hit-and-run, ignoring a red light and driving without a license stemming from the Jan. 16, 2010, striking of Roosevelt Cooley at the intersection of Oglethorpe Boulevard and Jefferson Street.

When Roberson was charged with vehicular homicide, he was already in the Dougherty County Jail for violating the terms of a previous bond.

Authorities say Cooley, 66, was struck by a 1996 Buick driven by Robinson and owned by Antwan Jermaine Fields.

Fields and Roberson were each indicted on vehicular homicide charges in May 2010. Fields was also arrested for repairing damage to the car, authorities said.

Roberson, who has a jail history dating to 2002, fled the crash scene, police said.

Reports indicated that a sports utility vehicle also hit Cooley, who was hearing-impaired, after the Buick.

Jury selection for Roberson's trail was completed Monday, said Dougherty Chief Assistant District Attorney Heather Lanier. Opening arguments also were completed.

Testimony is expected to begin this morning.