Chandler Kania's trial began at the Orange County Courthouse Wednesday as opening statements were presented to the jury.
Authorities say Kania was driving drunk on the wrong side of I-85 on July 19, 2015 when he crashed into another car. The crash killed three people: Darlene McGee, 46, Felecia Harris, 49, and six-year-old Jahnice Beard.
On Monday, the former UNC student, now 21, pleaded guilty to three counts of felony death by vehicle and one count each of driving while under the influence, driving with an open container, driving after consumption of alcohol under the age of 21, purchasing alcohol under the age of 21, consuming alcohol under the age of 21 and driving the wrong way on a two-lane highway.
Kania pleaded not guilty to three counts of second degree murder and one count of reckless driving.
Both the prosecution and the defense agreed on the details of the case, but the prosecution has to prove that Kania acted with malice, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.