Suamico man acquitted of 2020 death of 5-year-old De Pere boy

GREEN BAY – A Suamico man was acquitted Thursday of a charge related to the death of 5-year-old Christian Warzniak.

Warzniak was hit by a truck in a driveway and died in February 2020. After six hours of deliberations, a Brown County jury found Matthew Georgia, the truck driver, not guilty of causing the crash with criminally negligent behavior – on the fourth anniversary of Warzniak’s death .

The charge of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle was dismissed. The trial lasted four days.

The 12-person jury deliberated for about 5 1/2 hours before returning to the courtroom and telling the judge they could not make a decision. Brown County Judge Timothy Hinkfuss told them to go back and try again based on juror’s instructions.

Hinkfuss said it was the first time in the cases he had presided over that the jury had said it could not reach a verdict.

After resuming deliberations, the jury returned with the final verdict in half an hour.

Agreementgo to Wisconsin lawcriminal negligence is “conduct that the actor should realize creates a substantial and unreasonable risk of death or serious injury to another.”

During the trial, Georgia’s two defense attorneys, Jolly and Shane Brabazon, argued that there was not enough evidence to show that Georgia knew that backing the truck out of the driveway would kill Warzniak. .

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Kelli Arseneau contributed to this article.

This article originally appeared in the Green Bay Press-Gazette: Suamico man acquitted of charges in 2020 death of 5-year-old boy

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