Trial to start Monday for woman accused in Brentwood Officer Destin Legieza's death

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Posted at 6:38 AM, Feb 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-14 08:15:13-05

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (WTVF) — The trial of Ashley Kroese begins on February 14, 2022.

She is accused of killing Brentwood Officer Destin Legieza after driving drunk and hitting his squad vehicle in front of the Brentwood Market in 2020 on Franklin Road. According to an arrest affidavit, Kroese had a blood alcohol content of 0.166% and was driving northbound in the southbound lanes.

Officer Legieza died at the scene. He was 30 years old.

He’s the only officer to die on duty in the department's 50-year history.

Brentwood Mayor Rhea Little released a statement ahead of the trial.

"In Brentwood, we remain heartbroken over the loss of our friend and dedicated servant, Officer Destin Legieza, on June 18, 2020. Though nothing will bring him back to us or soothe the pain in our hearts, we have faith in our judicial system that justice will be brought to this tragic situation," he said.

Kroese is charged with vehicular homicide, aggravated assault, and reckless endangerment with a vehicle, driving on the right-hand side of the road.

On the one-year anniversary of his death, a portion of Franklin Road was renamed in his honor.