Defense: Client's speed just one factor in drag-racing deaths -

The remnants of the horrific final seconds of Samara Banks and three of her children sat in a corner of the Philadelphia courtroom Tuesday as the nonjury trial continued of the alleged drag racer who killed them. Lackman spoke of skid marks, debris fields, and "body throw weight" - the speed Khusen Akhmedov's silver 2012 Audi S4 had to be traveling to propel the body of the 27-year-old Banks 210 feet south from impact on the southbound Roosevelt Boulevard... Police said Akhmedov, 24, was drag racing with Ahmen Holloman, 32, who was driving a souped-up white 1994 Honda Civic, when Akhmedov lost control and plowed into Banks and her four children at 79 m. p. h. as they struggled to cross the 12-lane... Banks and three of her sons - Saa'mir Williams, 7 months. Banks' oldest son, 5-year-old Saa'yon Griffin, survived. Akhmedov elected a nonjury trial before Common Pleas Court Judge Steven R. Geroff after Assistant District Attorney Thomas Lipscomb agreed not to seek a mandatory life term if Akhmedov is found guilty of more than one count of third-degree murder. Defense attorney Michael Diamondstein has conceded that his client was driving too fast and that his car struck and killed Banks and the children. Source: