Carlos Bertonatti Is Finally Back in Court Over Killing a Cyclist on the Rickenbacker Causeway
Will Carlos Bertonatti finally go to trial over the death of cyclist Christophe LeCanne, the 44-year-old cyclist police say a drunken Bertonatti slammed into on the Rickenbacker Causeway? Signs finally point to yes.
For the first time since his trial was delayed for the ninth time back in March, Bertonatti appeared in court today, the Miami Herald's David Ovalle reports. Bertonatti's trial date for October 22 still stands.
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Although Ovalle reports that Bertonatti's defense team was heard discussing a plea deal, for now, no such deal has been reached.
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Bertonatti has been on house arrest for more than two years now. Police say he killed LeCanne early on a Sunday morning, on January 17, 2010.
The aspiring pop singer fled from police and refused a DUI test; a blood test, forcibly taken by officers, later showed his blood-alcohol level well above the state's legal limit.
Bertonatti faces a felony count of DUI manslaughter plus two other felonies; he's pleaded not guilty.
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