UPDATE: Thursday, Feburay 13, 2014 – A jury has found Edward Varner guilty of murder in the death of two-year-old Brian Teague. He has also been found guilty of two counts of first degree assault.
February 12, 2014 – A mother has to wait one more day to find out if the man accused of killing her two-year old son in a drunk driving accident is guilty.
Edward Varner Junior was allegedly driving drunk when he struck another car head-on in June 2012 killing two-year old Brian Teague.
“I relive it every day. Every day,” said Brian’s mother, Danielle Meadows.
Troopers say Brian was with his mom and her husband traveling Southbound on Dawes road, when another vehicle traveling North crossed lanes. Brian was lifeflighted to USA Children’s and Women’s hospital where he died.
“You can’t move forward with the loss of a child. Your children aren’t supposed to go before you so you learn how to cope and you learn how to live but the hurt will always be there,” Meadows said.
Varner is accused of reckless murder and two counts of assault.
The prosecution and defense rested their cases Wednesday, February 12 and Varner’s fate is now in the jury’s hands.
Meadows says she has been waiting for a justice for a year and a half and the trial has flooded her mind with memories.
“A massive amount of anxiety, sadness, anger, you name it, it’s there.No party wins in this case. It wont bring my son back,” Meadow’s said.
Varner’s father didn’t want to comment Wednesday but Meadows has a message for all drivers:
“There’s a speed limit for a reason. Use it. Do not drink and drive it will impair. You won’t be able to control your vehicle. You can hurt not just yourself, but other people around you. It will change your life,” she said.
The jury will continue deliberations Thursday, February 13.