This morning, jury selection began in the Denver District Court trial of Nadine Montoya, the alleged driver of the Cadillac.
For more on what happened that night, check out the Westword story, "After Lilian Verdonkschot Died, Nadine Montoya Was Charged With a Hit-and-Run. But Was Hate Behind the Wheel?"
Though witnesses said Montoya and her alleged accomplice called Verdonkschot, her daughter and her daughter's friend "stupid white bitches" before hitting Verdonkschot with her car after an altercation that began with a request for a cigarette, Montoya wasn't charged with a hate crime. But she is accused of first-degree murder.
Will a jury find that Montoya ran over Verdonkschot on purpose? Or will they believe the story her sister told Westword -- that Montoya, a mother of five in her late 20s, was scared by the fight that broke out between her group and Verdonkschot's, and was attempting to leave the parking lot when she accidentally hit Verdonkschot?