The prosecutor argued to the Court that the image doesn't rule Ryland out and doesn't outweigh other evidence pointing to him.
Witnesses say Ryland and two others had just come from Westport. Wolgamott acknowledges everyone in Ryland’s Chevy Suburban was drunk.
Hernandez’s family is confident the jury got it right the first time.
“This dude did it. He decided to drive drunk. He decided to get behind the wheel. He’s trying to be a coward and blame it on someone else,” Hernandez’s aunt, Carmela White, said after the hearing.
White and Hernandez’s mother, Paulette Peasley, were visibly upset going in and out of the courtroom. They say their loss is still a daily struggle.
Hernandez left behind five children. Peasley is now helping to take care of them.
“It’s sad. It’s sad not seeing him, not hearing him. And touching him. On the holidays especially. His birthday, Mother’s Day. He’s not there to give my sister a hug and say ‘I love you,’” White said in tears.
If the Court of Appeals doesn't agree with the defense, Ryland will continue to serve out his 20-year sentence.