Leyritz to be Released while Awaiting Fatal DUI Charge

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

A Broward County judge has ruled that former major leaguer Jim Leyritz does not have await his trial on DUI manslaughter charges in jail.

Leyritz, who played for six teams and last was in the majors in
2000, was jailed this month after a device in his car recorded that
he consumed alcohol four times since it was installed in April
2008.

Circuit Judge Ilona Holmes on Monday sided with Leyritz's
attorney, David Bogenschutz, who said his client misunderstood the
conditions of his pretrial release. Bogenschutz said after the
device was installed, Leyritz thought he was allowed to consume
alcohol.

Authorities say Leyritz was drunk when he ran a red light in
2007 and crashed into another car, killing Fredia Ann Veitch.


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