Crime & Justice

Driver who killed honeymooner in Venice Beach denied new trial

Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, a transient from Colorado, enters Los Angeles Superior Court Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. Campbell was charged with murder and assault for allegedly driving his car down Los Angeles' Venice Beach boardwalk, killing an Italian tourist and injuring 16 other people, on Aug. 3.
Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, a transient from Colorado, enters Los Angeles Superior Court Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. Campbell was charged with murder and assault for allegedly driving his car down Los Angeles' Venice Beach boardwalk, killing an Italian tourist and injuring 16 other people, on Aug. 3.
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A Los Angeles judge has ruled that a driver who plowed through crowds on the tourist-packed Venice Beach boardwalk, killing an Italian honeymooner and injuring 17 others, doesn't deserve a new trial.

Superior Court Judge Kathryn Solorzano on Wednesday rejected Nathan Campbell's allegations of juror misconduct in his second-degree murder trial.

He was convicted in June of killing newlywed Alice Gruppioni when he drove down the pedestrian walkway two years ago.

Campbell's lawyer argued that the jury foreman prejudged the case by declaring Campbell guilty of first-degree murder at the start of deliberations. He says another juror took notes home and returned with a legal analysis of the case.

Prosecutors say the alleged actions weren't misconduct and didn't harm Campbell.

His sentencing has been postponed to Sept. 25.