Tucson man guilty of negligent homicide in death of Ann Day

Tucson man guilty of negligent homicide in death of Ann Day
Jarrad Barnes. (Source: Pima County Sheriff’s Department)
Ann Day (Source: Pima County)
Ann Day (Source: Pima County)

PIMA COUNTY, AZ ( Tucson News Now) - The Tucson man accused of killing former Pima County Supervisor Ann Day in a car crash in 2016 has been found guilty of several charges.

A jury found Jarrad Barnes guilty on charges of negligent homicide, criminal damage, endangerment, DUI and marijuana possession on Wednesday, April 11.

Barnes was originally facing the more serious charge of manslaughter, but the jury found him not guilty on that one.

He will be sentenced in Monday, May 14.

Authorities said Barnes, who was 24 at the time, was traveling west on East Ina Road when his vehicle crossed the median near North Westward Look Drive and struck Day's vehicle, which was traveling east on Ina.

The 77-year-old Day, a former Pima County Supervisor and sister of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, died at a local hospital shortly after the crash.

Witnesses said Barnes appeared to be going at least 80 mph before the crash.

According to documents from the Pima County Sheriff's Department, Barnes was smiling while being treated by paramedics. A deputy said Barnes slurred his speech during interviews and had bloodshot eyes.

The PCSD said Barnes admitted he smoked marijuana the night before the accident but claimed he had not had any alcohol.

Deputies said they found a pipe and could smell marijuana smoke in Barnes' vehicle.

Day's political career spanned 22 years, including 10 years in the state Senate and 12 years representing District 1, which runs north of the Rillito and includes Oro Valley, parts of Marana and the Catalina Foothills.

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