UPDATE: Lawyers for driver in deadly I-75 crash discuss next steps after postponement

Brewer is charged with killing 6 after a crash on I-75 near Ooltewah. His trial will start on June 12th. (Image: WTVC)

UPDATE: On Tuesday, June 27th, the judge agreed to have jury selection begin in Nashville on September 21st, with the trial beginning on September 25th.

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UPDATE: On Wednesday, a judge said the ideal date for Brewer's trial to begin on September 25th.

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Benjamin Brewer, the driver behind the wheel in the deadly I-75 crash, was set to go on trial Monday but instead, he made only a brief appearance before the judge.

His defense team requested a delay because they say late last week, they became aware of a second toxicology report of his blood.

The test was conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and the results were the not same as the test conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Both showed that he had meth and amphetamines in his system but the NTSB report showed significantly lower levels of the drugs.

The defense says the discrepancy helps their case but the state said, regardless of the difference, he shouldn't have had anything in his system.

Judge Don Poole said either way it's a critical to the case.

"It's important, and to go to trial with that information sitting right before us would seem to be inappropriate, seem to be unfair, and seem to be a violation of due process," said Poole.

Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston responded to the defense complaint that it wasn't given the NTSB toxicology report on Brewer.

Here is Pinkston's response in full.

Both sides eventually determined to reconvene on Wednesday to discuss a new trial date.

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On Friday, the Hamilton County District Attorney's office announced that the trial for Benjamin Brewer would be postponed due to a request by the defense.

This means that the jury selection process will have to start from the beginning. The jury selected below will no longer be needed.

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UPDATE: (5:00 p.m.) The Hamilton County DA's Office says the jury has been seated in the trial of Benjamin Brewer.

Sixteen have been chosen in the jury, including 13 women and three men.

Four alternates will be chosen after the trial.


Trial begins Monday in Hamilton County for Benjamin Brewer, the truck driver charged with killing 6 people after his truck plowed through cars in the interstate near the Ooltewah exit back in 2015.

Brewer's trial begins with jury selection. NewsChannel 9 has a crew at the court while that first part of the trial unfolds.

Last week, a Hamilton County judge denied a motion to allow a jury to see the scene of a fatal truck crash in I-75. The jury will be selected in Davidson County.

Brewer's attorneys filed a motion requesting a jury to drive through the area, preferably with a school bus, to simulate what the scene would have looked like.

Judge Don Poole overruled the motion, saying there are too many risks involved and photo and videos from the scene will be enough to understand the context.

A jury will be selected on Monday, June 12th in Davidson County. That trial begins on June 19th

Related: Evidence inside truck in deadly I-75 Ooltewah crash won't be used in trial

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