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How much alcohol was consumed and by whom takes center stage at the intoxication manslaughter trial of Gabrielle Nestande.

The 25-year-old former legislative aide faces up to 20 years in prison for her role in a hit and run that killed Courtney Griffin.

Inside the 299th State District Court, it was a different scene. Nestande didn't cry once. She cried several times Tuesday.

Jurors also saw evidence for themselves Nestande at a bar drinking with her friends just before the deadly wreck. Surveillance video shows Nestande walking into the Clive bar with a friend around 7:30 pm May 26, 2011.

A series of security video from the bar show Nestande and three others having several drinks that night. One of the people is Jason Shuman.

When asked how much Nestande had to drink that night, he told investigators two different answers two previous times. This is his third.

"Give or take 3 or so that's just an opinion," Shuman said.

The defense came back and directly asked Shuman if he was lying.

"Would you come in here under oath in a trial before 13 jurors and lie about what happened that night? No."

But bar receipts show how much alcohol each person bought. Nestande's bar tab showed two vodka drinks and four beers, from around 7:30 p.m. until about 11:10 p.m.

Shuman told jurors Nestande later left with his roommate and her boyfriend. When Shuman eventually got home, he saw Nestande's damaged car. Shuman says his roommate explained what happened.

"She left and came back was upset because a rock was thrown at her car," he said.

John Ball also lived with Nestande's boyfriend at the time. He testified that he didn't go out with the group that night. But he saw Nestande's wrecked BMW the next morning.

Here's an exchange with prosecutors.

"You saw some flies on the windshield? Yes."

"Did flies on windshield mean anything to you? Well after I mean seeing the damage of course it comes to mind for me, I can't speak for other people, that it could have been a person. And did you think it was possible that flies were there because flesh or blood was embedded in the windshield. Yes, possibly."

He told jurors he called police later that morning, after hearing about Courtney Griffin's death on the news, after he asked a couple of supervisors at the State Capitol what to do.

Griffin's body was found just a few blocks away from his home.

Dana Parish was also out with Nestande that night. She testified that Nestande told her how her car was damaged.

"So she texted you back that she was on her way to work and that a deer had hit her car. Yes."

Just before going to the Clive Bar, Nestande was at the Cloak Room.

The bartender testified she is very familiar with Nestande. That every time she saw Gabby, she opened up a Bud Light. But Beverly Pruitt also said she didn't see Nestande drinking.

Testimony continues Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

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