Jury sees defendant interview in death of pitcher
SANTA ANA – A man charged with murder in a drunken-driving crash appeared shocked in a videotaped interview when police told him about the collision that killed Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others.
“I did a horrible thing,” defendant Andrew Gallo said in the recording played Monday by prosecutors during the trial in Orange County.
Gallo, 23, rubbed his eyes as the jury watched the interview done soon after the April 9, 2009 collision.
Adenhart, 22, died just hours after pitching six scoreless innings at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Two of his companions, Courtney Stewart, 20, and Henry Pearson, 25, also died. Another friend was critically injured.
Authorities said Gallo sped through a red light in a minivan and smashed into the side of the sedan carrying the four victims.
In previously played segments of the interview, Gallo described a night of drinking beer and shots of liquor with his stepbrother then claimed surprise that he had been driving, explaining his license was suspended.
“It’s a big blur, I don’t even know how we got there … I don’t remember how the accident happened,” Gallo said in the footage shown Monday.
Gallo pleaded not guilty after he was indicted on three counts of second-degree murder, a felony count of fleeing the scene of a traffic collision involving death or permanent injury, and two other felonies involving driving under the influence.
He could face a maximum sentence of 54 years and eight months to life in state prison if convicted of all counts.