Closing arguments begin in trial over death of Angels pitcher in DUI crash

By Gillian Flaccus, AP
Thursday, September 23, 2010

Trial over Angels pitcher’s death nears end

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Closing arguments have begun in the murder trial of a man accused of driving drunk and causing a collision that killed rookie Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two other people.

Prosecutor Susan Price on Thursday told jurors that Andrew Gallo didn’t think about anyone but himself when he made the decision to drive drunk.

Gallo has pleaded not guilty to three counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of the 22-year-old Adenhart, 20-year-old Courtney Stewart and 25-year-old Henry Pearson in the April 2009 crash.

The 23-year-old Gallo did not take the witness stand, but the jury watched a videotaped police interview in which he sobbed and appeared shocked when told of the fatalities.

Prosecutors say Gallo’s blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit at the time of the crash.

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