Murder Trial Starts in Yankee-Sox Rivalry Death

Don't mess with Yankee fans

Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009  |  Updated 11:15 AM EDT
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This booking photo released by the Nashua, N.H., Police Dept., shows Ivonne Hernandez on Friday, May 2, 2008, after her arrest in Nashua. Witnesses say a Red Sox-Yankees argument in a bar Friday led to taunting in a parking lot and then, according to prosecutors, to murder. Hernandez was charged with reckless second-degree murder for allegedly running down a man with her car outside a Nashua bar early Friday. (AP Photo/Nashua Police Dept.)

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A second degree murder trial has started for a New Hampshire woman charged with killing a man with her car after allegedly being taunted for having a New York Yankees decal on her vehicle.

The second-degree murder trial of Ivonne Hernandez started Monday in Nashua. Jurors spent the morning viewing the crime scene and opening statements began in the afternoon.

Hernandez, 45, claimed shortly after the May 2008 crash that killed 29-year-old Matthew Beaudoin that a group of people had been taunting her because of the Yankees decal on her car. Police said the dispute had started as an exchange about the Yankees and Red Sox, and made comments such as "Yankees suck."

She has said she drove toward the group with her car to scare them.

During prosecutors' opening statements Assistant Attorney General Diana Fenton said Hernandez had no good reason to turn her car around and drive at Beaudoin and his friends.

“She was angry with them and she wanted the last word,” Fenton said, according to the Nashua Telegraph. “There was nothing preventing her from going home.”
 

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