Trial under way for man accused in Adenhart death

The jersey of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, who was killed on April 9, 2009 in a car crash, hangs in the dugout during the baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium April 10, 2009 in Anaheim, California.
The jersey of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, who was killed on April 9, 2009 in a car crash, hangs in the dugout during the baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium April 10, 2009 in Anaheim, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Opening statements have begun in the murder trial of a man accused of driving while drunk and causing an accident that killed Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two of his friends.

Orange County prosecutor Susan Price began her opening statement Tuesday in the trial of Andrew Gallo.

The 23-year-old Gallo has pleaded not guilty to three counts of second-degree murder and one count of felony hit-and-run.

Adenhart, who was 22, died just hours after pitching six scoreless innings in his 2009 season debut with the Angels.

Also killed were 20-year-old Courtney Stewart and 25-year-old Henry Pearson.

Defense attorney Jacqueline Goodman contends the prosecution should have brought a manslaughter case, not murder charges.

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