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Andrew Gallo Pleads Not Guilty, Wants Trial Elsewhere in Nick Adenhart DUI Murder Case

By Javier Lavagnino, Esq. on June 08, 2009 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Andrew Gallo, the man charged with the drunk-driving murder of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others back in April, pleaded not guilty to the counts in court today. The AP story recalled police suggestions that Gallo was at about three times the legal limit at the time of the accident, which occurred after Adenhart pitched in a game the same night.

Gallo's attorney indicated that he'd be trying to get the venue for the trial changed out of Orange County because he believes his client can't get a fair trial there. Of course, considering the amount of nation-wide media attention this case has garnered, the likelihood of success on such a motion may be somewhat questionable. Still, his attorney added that he and his client both had received various death threats, although at the same time he seemed to indicate they weren't "true threat[s]", and he hadn't notified the DA about them.

The DA, not surprisingly, disagreed with any suggestion the trial should be moved elsewhere, suggesting Gallo would face the same bias or prejudice in Orange County as he would anywhere else in the country if a change of venue were ordered.

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