Judge won’t drop murder charges in Adenhart death | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Judge won’t drop murder charges in Adenhart death

SANTA ANA – A Southern California judge has refused to drop second-degree murder charges against an allegedly drunken driver accused in the crash that killed Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others.

The Orange County Superior Court judge on Friday rejected a motion to dismiss charges against 23-year-old Andrew Gallo and also turned down a request to reduce them to gross vehicular manslaughter.

Prosecutors say Gallo was driving a minivan that hit a car containing Adenhart in April 2009 at a Fullerton intersection.

The 22-year-old Adenhart was out with friends after pitching six scoreless innings against the Oakland Athletics in nearby Anaheim.

Gallo has pleaded not guilty. He could face more than 50 years in prison if convicted.

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