Jun 15, 2016 4:38 PM

UPDATE: Audrey Cox free to return to WMUR after not guilty verdict in DUI case


BRENTWOOD - The trial of suspended WMUR reporter Audrey Cox ended Wednesday after she was found not guilty on all charges.

READ: WMUR reporter Audrey Cox found not guilty of DUI after woman hit with car

Following the verdict, WMUR said Cox, a part-time employee, is now free to return to work.

Cox was accused of driving while intoxicated when she hit and injured an elderly woman in Hampton in September.

In court Wednesday, Cox let out a sigh of relief when she heard she was not guilty on all counts.

As the case unfolded, Cox’s attorneys had made sure to fill the witness stand with those who would defend her. Cox exercised her right not to take the stand in her own defense.

“From what I saw, because I was standing right there next to her, I would not have put those two together,” said Robin Roncari, on the witness stand. She placed the 9-1-1 call.

Roncari said she never thought Cox was intoxicated and neither did the man who watched Cox complete a heel-to-toe field sobriety test.

“Walking the line she did ok. She didn’t fall or anything; she just reset herself. I mean if the officer is trained a certain way, I don’t know, but I did not think she was drunk,” said Jeff Rollins, another witness.

The arresting officer, Peter Moisakis, said he was looking for clues while checking to see if Cox was sober. According to his training, it appeared Cox failed every field test -- but the officer also agreed Cox seemed cooperative minutes later during the booking process.

“She’s your prisoner. In the 60 minutes you spent with her, you didn’t make a single observation of physical or mental impairment,” said Defense Attorney Andrew Cotrupi trying to understand why Cox was classified as impaired.

Cox could be seen hugging her attorneys when the verdict was read aloud.


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