Two men charged in death after purchasing
                  alcohol for teens


                  News & Record

                  Posted 7:30 a.m.

                  RUTHERFORDTON (AP) -- Amanda Sue Ross told jurors Tuesday that
                  she takes responsibility for the drunken driving death of her good friend
                  Michelle Mull because she was at the wheel.

                  But prosecutors want more. They want jurors to extend the line of
                  responsibility to the two men who purchased alcohol for the teen-agers
                  before they crashed.

                  Gaston County prosecutors have brought involuntary manslaughter
                  charges against Jason Eric Pruett, 22, of Ellensboro, and Andrew Scott
                  Marsh, 21, of Mooresboro, for their alleged role in the wreck.

                  "The crime was giving these 17-year-old girls alcohol," Assistant District
                  Attorney Charles Walker said during a hearing on Tuesday. "This case is
                  not about the wreck. This case is about why this wreck happened."

                  Defense attorneys for say the driver's actions don't logically extend to
                  those of their clients.

                  "The state is asking you to get clever and say these two guys made her
                  do it," said Brian Oglesby, attorney for Marsh. "She caused this

                  Ross also faces involuntary manslaughter charges for the Jan. 20 wreck
                  just north of Bessemer City. She told jurors on Tuesday about meeting
                  Pruett at a high school wrestling match, arranging a double date for the
                  next night and how the foursome cruised around in Marsh's Toyota
                  pickup, stopping twice so the men could buy drinks.

                  Ross testified it was Mull who asked the men to buy Smirnoff Ice, an
                  alcoholic drink she said tastes like lemonade.

                  Later in the evening as they prepared to depart the men, Mull told Ross
                  that she didn't feel she could drive. Ross volunteered to drive, saying she
                  felt fine. Ross told the jury both men where within earshot of this

                  On cross examination, Ross said she had only a learner's permit at the
                  time of the wreck, not a driver's license.