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February 7, 2014

El Dorado County man found guilty of murder after drunken driving incident

An El Dorado Superior Court jury found a Lotus man guilty Wednesday of murder and gross vehicular manslaughter in the 2012 death of woman killed when his truck headed into oncoming traffic and collided with her vehicle.

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An El Dorado Superior Court jury found a Lotus man guilty Wednesday of murder and gross vehicular manslaughter in the 2012 death of woman killed when his truck headed into oncoming traffic and collided with her vehicle.

Joshua McCavitt faces a March 12 sentencing of up to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 15 years in the incident, said El Dorado County Public Information Officer Dave Stevenson.

During a night of bar hopping, McCavitt, 34, was speeding westbound on Pony Express Trail when he entered the eastbound lanes and struck Denise Caldwell’s vehicle, according to a release from the El Dorado County district attorney’s office. Caldwell, 50, of Placerville, was pronounced dead at the scene. McCavitt’s blood alcohol content was measured at .12% -- one and a half times the legal limit -- and his blood contained marijuana and Xanax, according to the release.

California Highway Patrol arrested McCavitt on the scene. McCavitt also was convicted for driving under the influence in 2006 in Hawaii.

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