NC couple found not guilty in underage drinking trial, son sentenced

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Dr. Charles Joseph Matthews, Kimberley Hunt Matthews and Thomas Blake Matthews

RALEIGH, N.C. — Thomas Matthews was sentenced Friday just moments after a jury found his parents, who were accused of aiding and abetting underage drinking at a 2014 wedding reception before a teen died in a Raleigh crash, not guilty of all charges following a week-long trial.

Johnathan Taylor – the son of a state trooper – was 18 and had just graduated from Ravenscroft High School when his car slammed into a tree on Hunting Ridge Road near his North Raleigh home on June 28, 2014.

During closing arguments Thursday, Prosecutor Jason Waller said Taylor and his friends were not hiding the fact that they were drinking at the reception, and that prominent Raleigh physician Charles Matthews, 59, and his wife Kim, 52, were “knowingly” providing alcohol.

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