A woman who was driving drunk when her car struck and killed a Menlo Park couple in 2013 was convicted of murder this morning, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
Marjorie Reitzell, 55, of Menlo Park was convicted by a jury of two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter, and drunken driving charges. The jury returned the verdict at 10:30 a.m. after deliberating little more than a day, according to Mr. Wagstaffe.
With enhancements for a high blood alcohol level as well as a prior DUI conviction from 2012, Ms. Reitzell faces a potential sentence of 36 years to life in prison, Mr. Wagstaffe said.
Ms. Reitzell had been drinking heavily throughout the day, and had been in a non-injury collision earlier that day, according to the prosecution. She had stopped at a liquor store before the fatal crash occurred around 7 p.m. on Oct. 24, 2013.
Her Honda veered off Chilco Street, striking Balbir Singh, 50, and Kamal Kaur Singh, 45, from behind. She then drove over the median, hitting another car that carried four teenagers, before slamming into a tree.
The Singhs had been walking their dog alongside the road. They died at the scene, leaving behind three teenage children.
Her blood alcohol level was measured at 0.23, nearly three times the legal limit, Mr. Wagstaffe said.
Ms. Reitzell is scheduled for sentencing on June 26.
During her trial last week, Ms. Reitzell took the stand to testify in her defense, telling the court that she is capable of driving safely while intoxicated.
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