A Criminal Court jury also convicted 19-year-old defendant Parker Jackson on one count of reckless aggravated assault for injuries caused to his passenger.
Killed in the crash last year were John Longworth, 75, and his wife, Gearldine “Gerry” Longworth, 74. The Collierville couple had been married 54 years.
The crash occurred on Oct. 4, 2017, at Poplar and Bray Station in Collierville.
Investigators said a GMC Sierra pickup truck driven by Jackson was westbound on Poplar when it crashed into a Lexus sedan driven by Mrs. Longworth. Witnesses said the Lexus had been stopped in the intersection and began turning north on Bray Station when the light turned red.
The light had been red for several seconds when the GMC Sierra accelerated through the intersection and struck the Lexus, witnesses said. Investigators said an examination of the air bag control module showed the GMC Sierra was traveling 72 mph in the 40 mph zone .5 seconds before impact with the Lexus.
Jackson, who is free on $25,000 bond, is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 15 by Judge Bobby Carter.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Scott Smith and Glen Baity.