NEW BRUNSWICK - A New Jersey grand jury has indicted the truck driver who crashed into a limo van carrying Tracy Morgan, killing one man and severely injuring the comedian.
The grand jury on Wednesday charged Kevin Roper with first-degree aggravated manslaughter, second-degree vehicular homicide and third-degree aggravated assault charges.
The truck driver's attorney tried unsuccessfully to have previous charges of vehicular homicide and assault by auto thrown out. Roper's lawyer argued Wal-Mart's settlement of Morgan's lawsuit generated publicity that harmed the Jonesboro, Georgia, resident's chance for a fair trial.
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Roper was driving a Wal-Mart truck when the crash occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike.
Federal investigators said Roper hadn't slept for 28 hours before the crash. His lawyer disputes that.