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Jury deadlocks on murder charge against Arroyo Grande woman

Posted at 8:52 AM, Dec 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-12 11:52:38-05

A San Luis Obispo County jury found an Arroyo Grande woman guilty of multiple charges in connection with a fatal crash on Highway 227.

Chelsea Annmarie Stiles, 27, was convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of a drug causing death, assault with a deadly weapon using an automobile, leaving the scene of a vehicle collision causing injury, child abuse, and possession of cocaine.

However, after deliberating for several days, jurors were unable to reach a unanimous verdict on a charge of murder. According to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office, the jury's decision was split 11-2 in favor of guilt.

On Dec. 1, 2019, Terry Tilton, 72, was killed when Stiles drove into the oncoming lane of traffic and hit his vehicle head-on just after she intentionally rear-ended a car carrying a family of four. Stiles' 18-month-old daughter and two dogs were in her vehicle at the time of the collisions.

Stiles faces a maximum sentence of more than 14 years in state prison when she is sentenced in February.