Daniel Riley files for re-trial following verdict in Janae Edmondson crash

ST. LOUIS – An attorney representing Daniel Riley, the St. Louis man convicted for causing a February 2023 crash in St. Louis that cost an out-of-town teenager her legs, has filed a motion for a re-trial.

Attorney Daniel E. Diemer filed the paperwork Monday on Riley’s behalf.

Riley was found guilty on March 7 on all but one count: second-degree assault, armed criminal action, and operating a vehicle without a valid license. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on April 18.

Riley was out on bond at the time of the crash in a pending robbery case, even though he had violated the conditions of his release many times.

Diemer alleges the St. Louis Circuit Court committed multiple legal errors against his client. Chief among them was allowing the victim, Janae Edmondson, to enter the court without her prosthetics and using a wheelchair to show the court the life-altering results of the crash. Diemer accused the court of condoning a “gorefest” by allowing Janae to not wear her prosthetic legs in front of the jury, along with using gruesome photos of the aftermath, and testimony describing Janae’s medical recovery.

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Edmondson was in town with her parents in February 2023 to compete in a volleyball tournament. They were walking in downtown St. Louis when Riley’s SUV struck Janae and pinned her against a parked car.

Riley had been speeding in the moments before the crash. Prosecutors said as Riley sped past a yield sign at the intersection at St. Charles and North 11th streets, a Chevy Malibu hit Riley’s SUV, sending the SUV airborne and into Janae.

An accident reconstruction expert testified on Wednesday that the driver of the Malibu had no time to react.

Riley did not testify during last month’s trial.

Jurors deliberated for just over three hours before returning their verdict. Janae and her family were present in court when the verdict was read aloud.

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