DES MOINES, Iowa -- A man on trial for vehicular homicide claims his life was in danger right before he crashed into a telephone pole last November.
Troy Mure, 24, is accused of vehicular homicide after his passenger, 22-year-old Scalicity Boyd, was killed in the crash.
On Tuesday, Mure took the stand in his own defense. He claimed he and Boyd, his fiancé, were being chased.
“I said they had a gun and she said, ‘Go,’” Mure told the judge.
Mure reached speeds of close to 90 miles an hour. During the pursuit, he says the other car tapped his rear bumper and he lost control.
“Different people were talking about killing my son,” Renna Mure, the defendant’s mother, said Tuesday. “Just a lot of threats.”
Renna Mure said those threats stemmed from rumors that her son was involved in a deadly shooting earlier that month at Evolution Night Club.
Prosecutors pointed out that Mure had his phone with him and that he never called 911 or had Scalicity call 911 during the alleged chase.
Investigators argue the evidence doesn't support Mure’s claims.
But Mure said he never meant to cause Scalicity any harm.
When asked if he felt his life was in danger when he saw the alleged gun, Mure responded, “Yes I did. Mine and hers.”
It's now up to a judge to determine if Mure is to blame for the crash. Vehicular homicide by reckless driving carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.