Day 2 of the Trial of Michael Kozlowski is underway in Hudson. Kozlowski is facing 33 charges in connection with an interstate crash in 2005 that killed five people on board a bus carrying members of the Chippewa Falls High School Marching Band.
During Monday's opening statements, Eau Claire County District Attorney Rich White told jurors Kozlowski, a truck driver, fell asleep at the wheel of his semi because he would often drive without getting enough sleep. White says Kozlowski was negligently operating his semi when the accident happened in October of 2005.
During his opening statement, defense attorney Earl Gray told the jury he'll prove Kozlowski isn't responsible, and pointed blame at the bus driver, Paul Rasmus.
"Mr. Rasmus chose to drive that morning without glasses. He wasn't legal to drive a car/let alone a bus w/out them," Gray told jurors. Gray also says the bus's faulty breaks were a huge factor in the crash.
Gray has indicated Michael Kozlowski will testify at some point in the trial, which is expected to last at least two weeks.
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