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Emotional Testimony in Alleged DUI Case
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There was emotional testimony Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of driving under the influence of prescription drugs when he hit two women waiting at a bus stop.

One of those victims died and the other, Porsche Hughes lost both of her legs. On Wednesday morning, she got the opportunity to look at the accused face to face as she testified in court. This is the first ever vehicular homicide case to be tried in Nevada. If convicted, Steven Murray faces life in prison.

Surviving victim Porsche Hughes told Eyewitness News that it took everything inside of her to control her emotions while she testified.

"I looked at the bus stop and I saw pieces of my scrub pants as well as flesh and blood and I felt the pain and it wasn't until I looked down that I seen my skin and chunks of my legs falling. That's when my body waved and I just dropped," said Hughes. 

Defendant Steven Murray did not look up too often as Hughes was testifying. Police say Murray was under the influence of prescription drugs at the time of the crash. Police say he hit the curb and slammed into the bus stop where Hughes and Patricia Hoff were sitting. Hoff was killed.

Murray admitted to police that he took valium and the pain killer percocet the night before the crash. In court, the defense tried to discredit the police officer who gave Murray the field sobriety tests and didn't fully fill out the form. Some of the information that was left off the form focused on weather, lighting and surface conditions.

Under a law passed in 2005, any person with three prior DUI convictions who then kills someone while driving under the influence faces a vehicular homicide charge. Punishment is 25 years to life in prison, if found guilty. Murray had several DUI convictions out of Texas some years ago.

The trial will continue Thursday morning. At this point, it is unknown if Murray plans to take the stand in his own defense.

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