Trial begins for man charged with intoxicated manslaughter

The trial of Jeremy William Cole, of Corpus Christi, started Monday.

Cole, 64, is charged with intoxicated manslaughter.

Cole made a U-turn in his white Mazda5 on Loop 463 on July 11, 2011, striking an oncoming truck. The truck went across the southbound lanes, hit a tree and caught fire, killing the driver, Robert Andrew Morriss Jr.

Cole is represented by Keith Weiser. The prosecutors are Eli Garza and Pink Dickson.

The indictment said Cole was "intoxicated by reason of the introduction of a combination of Alprazolam, also known as Xanax; Mondafinil, also known as Provigil and Modiodal; Zolpidem, also known as Ambien and Gabapentin, also known as Neurontin."

The jury was picked, and the trial began Monday. It will continue Tuesday.