The trial of a 27-year-old Elkhart man charged with intoxication manslaughter in connection with the death of his 2-year-old son last September is set to begin Monday at the Anderson County Courthouse.

According to authorities, Casey Jeffus, 27, of Elkhart was operating a 2004 Nissan on U.S. 287, south of the Palestine city limits, shortly after 4 p.m. on Sept. 16, 2005 when he veered into oncoming traffic and was struck by a 1992 International truck driven by a 56-year-old Oakwood man.

The head-on collision occurred just north of FM 2419, according to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Kevin January.

Two-year-old Conner Jeffus of Palestine died in a Dallas hospital 11 days after the accident. The toddler had turned 2 just three days before his death.

Intoxication manslaughter is a second-degree felony punishable by two-to-20 years in prison.

Casey Jeffus suffered unspecified injuries as a result of the accident and spent 10 days in a Tyler hospital.

The driver and passenger in the International truck were uninjured, according to January.

349th State District Judge Pam Foster Fletcher will preside over next week's trial.

Jury selection is set to begin at 9 a.m. Monday, with opening statements and testimony possibly beginning later that same day.

Anderson County District Attorney Doug Lowe is expected to represent the state during the trial, while Casey Jeffus' attorney is Mark Cargill.


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