On the witness stand Tuesday, Timera Branch could barely speak.
The 35-year-old mother was sobbing so forcefully that she had difficulty getting a word out. But eventually, she admitted to slamming her Chrysler Imperial into 17-year-old John Keyes, crushing the teen to death for fighting with her child.
The night before Keyes’s death, he had gotten into an altercation with Lacorbek Benion, Branch’s 16-year-old son, according to the Chicago Tribune. Witnesses said Keyes danced with Benion’s girlfriend, and the two had words, which ended with Keyes punching Benion and the latter requiring stitches.
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