SANTA ANA, Calif., June 29 (UPI) -- Prosecutors say the murder trial of a man accused of killing Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart in a car crash should not be moved from Orange County.
Deputy Orange County District Attorney Susan Price argued in a court brief filed this week that impartial local jurors can be found for the trial of Andrew Thomas Gallo and urged a judge not to grant a motion for a change of venue, The Orange County (Calif.) Register reported Tuesday.
Adenhart and two others were killed last year in a Fullerton, Calif., car crash in which Gallo is accused of driving drunk. The young pitcher's death received extensive publicity in Orange County, home of the Los Angeles Angels baseball team, and defense lawyers contend Gallo can't get a fair trial there.
Price said the defense motion "paints a picture of a community filled with emphatic baseball fans that are incapable of serving as fair and impartial jurors in any case where a professional baseball player was killed.
"This is a far cry from reality."
Superior Court Judge Richard Toohey will rule on the motion July 16, the Register said.