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Trial date set for driver facing DUI charge for fatal crash

On April 18, a jury will decide the fate of a 25-year-old California resident who is accused of being responsible for the death of another driver in a Feb. 2015 car accident. Along with a DUI charge, the man will be facing charges of second-degree murder and vehicular manslaughter. The person who lost his life in this crash was a well known Hillcrest hair stylist.

According to court documents, the accused man allegedly attempted to drive home after a night of partying and no sleep. The fatal accident reportedly occurred on Interstate 5 when the speeding car of the accused driver smashed into the hair stylist's vehicle at an estimated speed of 81 to 89 mph. His blood alcohol content was apparently measured at .09 percent sometime after the accident, but authorities said the level was likely between .11 and .13 when the crash occurred.

At the preliminary hearing, it was revealed that the alleged drunk driver had committed prior DUI offenses. He had apparently signed documents that indicated that he understood that any death resulting from a subsequent DUI crash could lead to a murder charge. The accused driver, who pleaded not guilty, is still in jail on a bond of $750,000.

This California driver's legal counsel will guide and support him throughout the legal proceedings that will follow. Although it will be up to the jury to make a decision on whether he is guilty of committing second-degree murder or manslaughter or is not guilty of the DUI charge, an experienced criminal defense attorney can fight for a not guilty verdict. However, if he is convicted, an attorney can work on a statement of mitigating circumstances to present to the court at the sentencing hearing.

Source: lgbtweekly.com, "Murder trial set for drunk driver who killed Hillcrest hair stylist", Neal Putnum, Jan.9, 2016

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