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One charge dropped in Leyritz trial

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 18, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Former Yankees catcher Jim Leyritz had one manslaughter charge dropped today in his DUI case in Florida.

The charge of manslaughter while impaired was dropped after testimony that Leyritz was actually not above the legal limit at the time of the crash that killed 30-year-old Fredia Ann Veitch.

A defense expert testified that Leyritz’s blood-alcohol level spiked after the crash because he had a vodka shot to calm his nerves. His blood-alcohol level was tested at .14 three hours after the crash. The legal limit is .08.

Leyritz still faces a manslaughter charge because he’s accused of running a red light at the time of the crash. There has already been testimony that Leyritz was not speeding at the time of the crash.




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