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Merrill woman convicted in deadly crash out of jail

MERRILL (WAOW) - A 26-year-old Merrill woman found guilty of driving drunk and killing two of her friends in a rollover crash two years ago was freed from jail Thursday as she awaits sentencing Aug. 20.

Ashley Baumann posted $10,000 cash and a $40,000 surety bond after Circuit Judge Jay Tlusty reinstated bond during a brief motions hearing, authorities said. She was freed from the Lincoln County Jail by 11:30 a.m., a jailer said.

Her bail had been revoked and she was taken to jail following a seven-day trial that ended May 13.

A Lincoln County jury deliberated about six hours before finding Baumann guilty of seven felonies, including two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and one count of injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle. Three charges were dismissed after the verdict was read.

The maximum punishment for the convictions is more than 60 years in prison.

Lincoln County District Attorney Don Dunphy did not immediately return a telephone message Thursday.

Using DNA and accident reconstruction evidence, prosecutors convinced the jury that Baumann was driving when her car went off a Merrill road at nearly 100 mph, killing Misty Glisch, 31, and Jessica Hartwig, 33, and severely injuring Jerrica Woller, 31, in June 2012. Witnesses said the women had been drinking after playing softball and Baumann's blood-alcohol level was more than two times the legal limit to drive.

A picture found on cell phone of one of the dead women showed Baumann behind the wheel just minutes before the crash.

Baumann's attorney contended that investigators missed key pieces of evidence and Baumann was not driving when her car rolled over.

Baumann did not testify during the trial but investigators testified that she told them she remembered drinking the night of the crash, not driving.

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