Jeff Ashton's son found guilty in DUI trial

Published On: Feb 16 2012 11:53:54 AM EST
Updated On: Feb 16 2012 07:11:58 PM EST

The son of Jeff Ashton, who was one of the three prosecutors in the Casey Anthony trial, was found guilty of driving under the influence in Ashton's first appearance in the court room since the Anthony verdict.

SANFORD, Fla. -

The son of Jeff Ashton, who is one of the three prosecutors in the Casey Anthony trial, was found guilty of driving under the influence on Thursday.

Ashton was back in the courtroom Thursday for the first time since the trial, this time to defend his 21-year-old son, Alexander.

Alexander Ashton was arrested in October after he failed a series of field sobriety tests when he was pulled on U.S. 17-92 over by a Seminole County deputy for speeding.

The judge ruled Alexander Ashton must pay $200, go through 12 months of probation and will lose his license for six months.

Ashton said his son had been drinking that night but was not drunk.

The six-person jury heard from both defense and prosecution on Thursday at the Seminole County courthouse.

The judge denied Ashton's judgment of acquittal, saying there was "more than enough evidence to continue."

The deputy who pulled Ashton over, Brendan Lohri, was only witness the prosecution used.

Lohri said Alexander was driving 68 mph in a 45 zone and after he pulled him over at 2 a.m. he suspected Alexander was drunk.

The jury was shown cop's 40 minute dashboard video of Alexander taking his sobriety tests. He was then handcuffed and brought to the Seminole County Jail and given a breathalyzer test, which he also failed, according to the deputy's report.

Jurors didn't hear that because Ashton argued the tests were unreliable so prosecutors agreed not to use those results earlier in the week.

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