Crime & Justice

Closing arguments begin in Adenhart murder trial

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Closing arguments begin today in the murder trial of a man accused of killing Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two of his friends. The jury’s hands are tied.

Prosecutors decided to try Andrew Gallo for murder, leaving the jury unable to consider lesser manslaughter charges.

Police claim Gallo drove his car through a red light at 65 miles per hour, killing three occupants in a car and critically injuring a fourth person. Gallo’s blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit.

It’s not the first time Gallo had been arrested on drunken driving charges. And it’s that previous arrest four years ago that led prosecutors to pursue a murder conviction now – Gallo agreed that, if he killed someone while driving intoxicated, he would be tried for murder.

His defense attorney has told the jury that, although Gallo drove while drunk, he did not intend to kill anyone and did not act with malice.