A jury convicted Andrew Thomas Gallo on three counts of second-degree murder for an alcohol-fueled crash that killed promising Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others, according to the Los Angeles Times.
It took place just a few hours after Nick Adenhart made his first start of the season on April 9, 2009, in which he pitched six innings of shutout baseball.
The second-degree murder charges were filed because Andrew Gallo's blood-alcohol concentration was more than double the legal limit; he was on probation at the time for a prior DUI; and he fled the scene. Georgia DUI attorneys would tell you that repeat DUI offenses and hit-and-runs are never taken lightly.
Besides the talented young pitcher Nick Adenhart, 20-year-old student Courtney Stewart and 25-year-old law school student Henry Pearson also were killed in the crash.
Henry Pearson's father, Nigel Pearson, delivered the following message to reporters and bystanders outside of the courtroom:
"The gas pedal on an auto in the wrong hands is as dangerous as the trigger on a gun. In the wrong hands, it can devastate the lives of many, many people."
Members of the jury said they were split 9-3 on the first day of deliberations. Juror Dennis Rooney told reporters it rested on the question, "Did he do this consciously?" Video played by prosecutors at trial showed the defendant and his brother downing shots of liquor at a bar just moments before the fatal crash.
Dennis Rooney said the jurors finally all agreed that he did in fact consciously become highly intoxicated and chose to get behind the wheel anyway:
"He did shots knowingly. He had the opportunity to call a taxi, call his girlfriend, do something. He didn't have to drive."
Those charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs are presumed innocent until proven guilty and are entitled to counsel by an Atlanta DUI attorney.
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