ATHENS, AL (WZDX) - State Trooper Heath Moss has been found not guilty on two charges of criminally negligent homicide.
The jury of three men and nine women deliberated for nearly two hours Thursday morning before they reached a verdict.
33-year-old Heath Moss was charged with two counts of criminally negligent homicide for a 2011 wreck that killed Sarah and Jamie Gossett. They were on their way to pick up one of their daughters from Tanner High School.
The medical examiner testified that both victims died from multiple blunt force trauma from the impact of the wreck and not the burn injuries that occurred after the car caught fire.
Trooper Moss testified that on April 25, 2011, he was responding to a wreck involving an injured child. Moss attempted to pass the Gossetts' car on Lucas Ferry Road when it started to turn left in front of him. He said he hit the brakes and turned back to the right trying to avoid the car.
Investigators said the Gossetts' car was at a complete stop when it was struck from behind causing it to travel almost 200 feet before landing upside down in a ditch.
Moss became emotional when he apologized to the Gossett family while on the stand. Moss said he was sorry for the family and prays for them everyday. Several members of the Gossett family began crying as Moss apologized.
Moss told the District Attorney that he never looked at his speed but he did agree with the black box report from his patrol car that showed he was going 120 mph just 20 seconds before the wreck happened.