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Former FBI agent on trial for 2011 Brandywine car crash that killed 18-year-old

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Lawrence Garner Jr. Lawrence Garner Jr.
Lawrence Garner Jr. Lawrence Garner Jr.
Lawrence Garner Jr. Lawrence Garner Jr.
Lawrence Garner Jr. Lawrence Garner Jr.
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. -

The trial of a former FBI agent accused of killing a teenager while driving drunk got underway Monday afternoon in Prince George's County.

Authorities say Adrian Norbell Johnson was drunk and speeding when he crashed his SUV into another car killing 18 year old Lawrence Garner, Junior and seriously injuring his best friend, 19-year old Robert Mitchell, II.

It happened on North Keys Road in Brandywine on February 7, 2011.

It's been more than a year and a half since the tragedy, and Garner's family says the pain of losing, J.R., as he was known, is still fresh.

Betty Garner, JR's grandmother, says, "All we can do is just try to hold on. We're still thinking about Jack. He'll always be here."

The FBI says Johnson had recently moved to the Washington D.C. area from Newark, New Jersey, to work on Attorney General Eric Holder's security detail.

He had not yet begun the job when the crash happened.

Prosecutors say Johnson was off duty, in his personal SUV and had a blood alcohol level of .25. That's three times the legal limit.

Prosecutors say Johnson's SUV slammed into Garner's car after Garner had just pulled out of a friend's driveway.

Garner, a Gwynn Park High School graduate was killed.

His passenger, 19-year old Robert Mitchel, II was critically injured.

Witnesses say before the crash, Johnson nearly hit a Prince Georges County police officer's cruiser.

The Garner family wonders why that officer didn't pull Johnson over.

They're hoping the trial will give them the answers they've seen looking for and some level of closure.

Betty Garner says, "I'm hoping for a conviction. I'm hoping to see some laws changed, hopefully. This drunk driving has got to stop, and if it takes making an example out of a law enforcement official into getting the ball rolling, then so be it,"

Lawrence Garner, J.R.'s father says, "This past week has been real rough, and we just have to take it one day at a time, but put it in God's hands. That's all we can do."

The trial is expected to last about 3 days.


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