DUI Murder Of MLB Pitcher
Los Angeles pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others died in a drunken driving accident. The man charged with the deaths of these three people has pleaded not guilty to three counts of murder. Many relatives of the dead and one survivor looked on during his plea.
The offender, a 22-year-old, also pleaded not guilty through his attorney to three other felony charges and one misdemeanor in the April 9 collision that occurred just hours after Adenhart pitched six scoreless innings in his season debut.
The sole survivor of the crash, a 24-year-old, began sobbing as the attorney submitted the non-guilty pleas to the court. The survivor had incurred several critical injuries in the wreck.
The offender wishes to seek a change of venue because he believes his client cannot get a fair trial in Orange County, which is the home of the Angels and California State University and Fullerton.
The offender’s attorney also said there have been death threats against Gallo and himself via the Internet, phone and in a letter.
“I think people are venting and its just evidence of the passion people have in this case. I don’t think it’s a true threat,” he said, noting he had not brought it to the district attorney’s attention.
The Deputy District Attorney disputed the need for moving the case and said the attorney had not told her about the threats.
“We don’t believe that the defendant will be any more prejudiced in this county than in any other county, said Price, who was flanked by the victims’ family members at a brief news conference outside the courtroom.
The offender faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 45 year to life in prison if convicted of the three second-murder charges. If he is convicted of all charges, he will receive minimum would be 54 years to eight months of life.