Man Sentenced to 13 Years in Deadly DUI Crash

By: Eyewitness News; Julie Montanaro Email
By: Eyewitness News; Julie Montanaro Email

Tallahassee, FL - After hearing testimony from both sides, the court sentenced Griffith to 13 years in prison for DUI manslaughter.

WCTV will bring you more on the story tonight on Eyewitness News.


Tallahassee, FL - November 13, 2012 by Julie Montanaro

Jordan Griffith has entered a no contest plea to DUI manslaughter charges in the death of Brooks Rogers.

Griffith is accused of driving drunk and crashing into Rogers' car on Tharpe Street, Halloween night 2011.

Griffith was under age at the time and tests show his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

A sentencing date has not been set. He faces a maximum of 23 years in prison.


UPDATED 3.14.2012 6:30pm by Julie Montanaro

There is finally an arrest in a deadly drunk driving crash that killed an FSU student.

Jordan Griffith is accused of having a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit that night in October.

"I asked him he'd been drinking that night, he said yes. He admitted it. He admitted that he was underage," recalled eyewitness Cealey Godwin.

Cealey Godwin saw the crash in her rear view mirror and actually talked to accused drunk driver Jordan Griffith in the moments after the crash.

She is glad he's finally been arrested.

"Even though it's not going to bring Brooks back, but hopefully it'll bring a little bit of peace to his family," Godwin said.

23 year old Brooks Rogers was a designated driver that night.

He was driving friends home from a Halloween party, when witnesses say a speeding silver Infiniti made a sharp left turn right into his car.

Griffith is now charged with vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter in Rogers' death. He also faces charges of DUI with serious bodily injury and DUI with bodily injury for the injuries to passengers in Rogers' car.

"It's kind of a bummer because I'm sure he didn't intend for any of this to happen, but sometimes you do have to be responsible for your acts," said Anthony Clement who saw the crash that night.

FDLE tests in December showed Griffith's blood alcohol level was point-173 and DNA tests last week confirmed he was the one behind the wheel.

"The person's DNA that was on the steering wheel and the curtain air bag was Mr. Griffith's," TPD spokesman David Northway said.

Brooks Rogers parents say they were not surprised it took police more than four months to arrest Griffith. His father said police had given them a timeline and this was actually sooner than expected.

Sam Rogers called Griffith's arrest "another step in what will certainly be a lifelong process of learning to live without Brooks and all that he would have accomplished."

He sent this statement:

"On behalf of Brooks’ family and friends we want to thank the Tallahassee Police Department for the care and speed that they handled this investigation. We also want to thank our friends and the entire community for the incredible support and compassion they have given us during these last few months. Brooks’ would have been proud of just how many lives he touched."

Prosecutors say Griffith faces up to 22 years in prison if he's convicted.

Court records show Griffith bonded out of jail just before two this afternoon. His attorney had no comment.


UPDATED 3.14.2012 Noon by Julie Montanaro

Tallahassee Police have just made an arrest in a deadly drunk driving crash.

The arrest comes nearly five months after a collision on Tharpe Street claimed the life of Brooks Rogers. Witnesses say the driver made a sharpe left turn right in front of Rogers' car.

20 year old Jordan Griffith is accused of vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter.

FDLE tests pegged his blood alcohol level at point-173 and DNA tests completed last week show Griffith was in the drivers seat that night.

Griffith turned himself in at the Leon County Jail at about 11 o'clock last night. His attorney says his family drove up from Tampa as soon as the arrest warrant was issued.

Court records show a judge set Griffith's bond at $62,000. Among the conditions? No driving and no alcohol.


[UPDATE] 3-14 -

A deadly crash that claimed the life of an FSU student in October 2011 leads to the arrest of 21-year-old Jordan Griffith.

According to the Tallahassee Police Department, Mr. Griffith was involved in a traffic crash at Tharpe Street and Devra Drive on October 30th, 2011. In the crash, 23-year-old Brooks Rogers was fatally injured. Mr. Griffith is currently in the Leon County Jail.

The probable cause is attached in PDF format above.


[UPDATE] 11-3 - Noon -

The family of an FSU student killed in a car crash on October 30th are saying their final goodbyes. Funeral services for 23-year-old Samuel "Brooks" Rogers were held at 11:00am today at Trinity United Methodist Church. Rogers died in a head-on crash on Tharpe Street. A police report indicates the other driver had a blood alcohol level of .24, which is three times the legal limit.

This morning, Rogers's grandfather released a statement, saying, in his words:

"On behalf, of Brooks' parents, Sam and Laura, his younger brothers Donnie and Andy and our entire family, I can only say there are really no words to express the depth of our gratitude to the community for its outpouring of love, support and prayers. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Brooks' friends, Sterling Mixon and J.R. Ervin, as well as the other young men involved. Each family will be forever impacted by this senseless, preventable tragedy. Too many families in our community, and country, have experienced pain of the deepest magnitude as the result of their child and grandchild being victims of drivers under the influence."


UPDATED 11.2.2011 by Julie Montanaro

A deadly crash that claimed the life of an FSU student over the weekend is still under investigation.

Tallahassee Police say it could be weeks before they decide on any charges.

23 year old Brooks Rogers lost his life in a head on crash Sunday.

The police report released yesterday shows the other driver had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit, but he has not been cited or charged.

Car parts are still strewn in the ditch along Tharpe Street. There's orange paint on the pavement nearby.

All mark the spot where Brooks Rogers lost his life early Sunday morning.

Anthony Clement was just a few cars back and saw the whole thing.

"It was a very sharp and harsh turn towards the left and uh, he invaded our lane and hit the car. It spun right into the ditch," Clement said.

Police reports released Tuesday indicate Rogers' car was hit head on by a silver Infiniti driven by 20 year old Jordan Griffith. The police report indicates Griffith's blood alcohol level was .24

Yet Griffith hasn't been arrested or charged with anything at this point.
Police say it could take weeks to evaluate all the evidence and get back the necessary lab results.

"Why wouldn't he be charged with DUI at this point?"

"That can appear to be a little confusing but again we have our policies and procedures in place for that specific reason. So we don't make any rash decisions and when a case is of the nature that this one is, we, again, want to make sure we have everything," said TPD Spokesman Dave Northway.

Anthony Clement's car was rear-ended when he slammed on brakes to avoid the wreck. He says a few seconds later and it could have been him.

"After seeing this like, I'm still afraid of getting in a car right now and going anywhere, so. It hits you and you know, sometimes you have to live your life through the death of others unfortunately," Clement said.

Clement says ironically, he was on the road that night because he had gone to pick up his friends at a Halloween party. He says his friends called him for a ride because they had been drinking and didn't want to drive.

Eyewitness Cealey Godwin was also picking up a friend from a party when she saw the Inifiniti rush through the light. She saw the crash
in her rear view mirror. She didn't realize until the next day that her friend Brooks Rogers was the one who died in the crash.

"It was hard taking that in, being there and not knowing that it was my friend. And it was really, really difficult and it's not fair at all," she said.

Godwin called 911 and helped to pull the other driver from his car that night. All he talked about, she said, was wanting to go home.

"It's not fair. It's something so preventable. All you have to do is call a taxi, or call a friend, " Godwin said.


Tallahassee, Florida - November 2, 2011 -

The police report from the crash that killed FSU student Brooks Rogers indicates the other driver was drunk. In fact, Tallahassee Police say his blood alcohol level was three times the legal drinking limit.

Tallahassee Police released the initial crash report yesterday.The report does say that 20-year-old Jordan Griffith's blood alcohol level was .24 which is three times the legal limit.

23-year-old Brooks Rogers was killed in that crash Sunday morning after 2:30am. The crash report says Jordan Griffith crossed the center line on Tharpe Street and hit Rogers' car...

Authorities say two passengers were in the car with Rogers.

One was his friend Sterling Mixon. His family tells me that he is stable and in ICU and is expected to be moved to a regular room by the weekend.

While the crash report says Griffith's blood alcohol level was .24, police say charges are still pending. They say they are still investigating.

Family and friends will have one last time to see the 23-year-old FSU student who died Sunday from a car crash on Tharpe Street in Tallahassee.

The visitation for Samuel "Brooks" rogers will be on November 2nd from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church. The funeral services will be tomorrow at 11:00am, also at Trinity United Methodist Church. Contributions can be made to the best and brightest scholarship fund. These scholarships will benefit local high school students.


UPDATED 11.1.2011 by Julie Montanaro

Tallahassee Police have released the crash report in a deadly crash that claimed the life of an FSU student on Sunday.

It indicates that the driver of a silver Infiniti, Jordan Griffith, was headed eastbound on Tharpe Street when he crossed the center line and struck a gray Honda driven by Samuel Brooks Rogers.

The crash report indicates Griffith had a blood alcohol content of .240 and is still nearly two months shy of his 21st birthday.

The crash report says Rogers' car was westbound and did not contribute to the crash.

The crash report also indicates that both passengers in Rogers' car were taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. A hospital spokeswoman says Sterling Mixon is in fair condition and the hospital has no information on James Ervin.

The crash report also showed that Griffith was taken to Tallahassee Memorial but a spokeswoman says TMH has no information on him either.


Obituary for Brooks Rogers

Samuel Brooks Rogers, 23, passed away on Sunday, October 30, 2011. He was a senior at Florida State University, majoring in Political Science and planning to attend law school next fall. Brooks was a third generation graduate of Leon High School, graduating with distinction in 2006. He was a member of the swim team and worked for a number of years as a lifeguard for the City of Tallahassee.

He is survived by his parents, Sam and Laura Rogers, brothers Donnie and Andy, paternal grandparents Sam and Mary Margaret Rogers and maternal grandmother Margaret Kilby, aunts and uncles Mike and Karol Sweeterman, Elizabeth Hirst, Ann Rogers, Doug and Lee Ann Kilby, and Brian and Traci Kilby, Eric Lingswiler, and cousins Emily Hirst, Ara Hirst, Sarah Sweeterman, Garrett Sweeterman, Emily Kilby, Evan Kilby, and Josiah Kilby. Brooks was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Donald Kilby and his uncle Steve Hirst.

Brooks had an adventurous spirit and enjoyed spending time in the Bahamas with his family, boating off Alligator Point and watching international soccer with his friends. He loved traveling in Europe, in particular the trip he took with his Leon High School humanities class. He loved his dogs Buddy and Rufus. Brooks was a caring young man with a great sense of humor and was loved by his family and many friends.

A visitation for friends and family will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at Trinity United Methodist Church at 120 West Park Avenue in Tallahassee. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at Trinity United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Best and Brightest Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1639, Tallahassee, FL 32302. These scholarships will benefit local high school seniors who have excelled both academically and in service to the community.


Updated by Lanetra Bennett - October 31, 2011 - 6pm

23-Year-Old Samuel "Brooks" Rogers was killed in a car crash early Sunday morning.

Brooks was a senior at FSU slated to graduate in May. His loved ones say his life was cut way too short.

"I'm going to miss him dearly." Says, Kevin Yon.

Yon can't believe he won't be able to see his childhood friend again.

He says, "Just a very lovable personality; makes you smile every chance he got. He was just one of those people you would always want around."

Rogers died around 3:00 Sunday morning.

Tallahassee Police say someone driving on Tharpe Street veered into the lane Rogers was driving in, killing Rogers on scene.

Authorities say there were two passengers in his car. Authorities have not confirmed their conditions.

Officers say the driver who hit Rogers was not injured.

FSU student Andrew Rockwood was shocked to hear about the death of a student.

He says, "It's crazy. It makes your heart get cold real fast. Like, whoa, what if I knew that person, what if that was me, and what should I do to not be that?"

Rogers was majoring in Political Science at FSU.

The Tallahassee native graduated from Leon High School in 2006, where he was on the swim team for two years, and became a city lifeguard for six years.

Yon says, "He was always there for me and any of his friends. He would give you the shirt off his back."

Rogers leaves behind two younger brothers. But, with friends like Yon, his true family was much larger.

"Brooks was like a brother to me. I'm going to miss, you, bud. I'll see you one day." Says, Yon.

Rogers' mother says he just took the LSAT exam and was excited about looking forward to continuing on to law school.

Police say they have not released the name of the driver that hit Rogers because charges are still pending.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 3rd, at Trinity United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to The Best and Brightest Scholarship Fund.


Tallahassee, FL - October 31, 2011 - Noon -

Police are investigating the death of a 23-year-old who died in a car crash over the weekend. The victim was a student at Florida State University.

Samuel Rogers was killed around 3:00am on Sunday. The FSU student was also known by his middle name, "Brooks."

Tallahassee Police say someone was driving on Tharpe Street and veered into the lane where 23 year-old Rogers was driving.

Rogers died on the scene.

Two passengers in Rogers' car had minor injuries.

The driver who hit Rogers wasn't injured.

The investigation is still active, so at this time we do not know if alcohol was a factor.

Police have not released the name of the driver that hit the car Rogers was in.


Tallahassee, FL - October 30, 2011
Updated 9:20 AM

The driver of the Honda in the traffic crash who succumbed to his injuries on scene has been identified as 23-year-old FSU student Samuel Rogers, also known by his middle name "Brooks" of Tallahassee, FL.

The crash occurred at approximately 2:53 AM this morning at the intersection of Tharpe Street and Devra Drive.

A close friend of the Rogers family, Gail Stansberry-Ziffer, shared with WCTV that Brooks was a senior, scheduled to graduate in May with a BS in Political Science.

His mother, Laura Rogers, said “Brooks had recently taken the LSAT exam and he was excited about making plans to continue on to law school. Everything looked so bright and promising for him. He was a smart, engaging, kind and funny young man who was truly coming into his own. And then, in an instant everything is gone and your world is irreparably changed.”

A native Tallahassean, Rogers was a member of the Leon High School swim team for two years prior to graduating in 2006. He is survived by his parents Laura and Sam Rogers, Jr., younger brothers Donnie and Andy and grandparents Mary Margaret and Sam Rogers, Sr. and Margaret Kilby. The family is in the process of making final arrangements with Bevis Funeral Services for services later this week at Trinity United Methodist located at 200 W. Park Avenue.


Tallahassee, FL - October 30, 2011
Updated 8:15 AM

Early this morning at approximately 2:53 AM, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to Tharpe Street and Devra Drive in reference to a traffic crash with injuries. Upon arrival officers discovered a silver Infiniti was traveling east on Tharpe Street passing Devra Drive and a gray Honda was traveling west on Tharpe Street approaching Devra Drive. The Infiniti traveling eastbound crossed into the path of the Honda traveling westbound, causing a collision.

The driver of the Infiniti was transported to the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. The passenger of the Infiniti was treated for minor injuries on scene. The driver of the Honda succumbed to his injuries on scene and the two passengers were transported to the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Details are limited at this time as investigation continues.


Tallahassee, FL - October 30, 2011

Early this morning around 3:30 AM, police responded to a vehicle accident at Devra Drive and West Tharpe Street. There is at least one confirmed fatality. WCTV is on the scene and will have more information as it is provided.


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  • by TO YEAH OK on Mar 15, 2012 at 12:05 PM
    IT WAS AND THERE WAS NONE IN HIS BLOOD!!!
  • by Yeah okay... Location: Tallahassee on Mar 15, 2012 at 07:25 AM
    I love how everyone is just assuming Brooks was a DD that night. Was his blood ever tested?
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      by Who's assuming? on Mar 15, 2012 at 10:20 AM in reply to Yeah okay...
      Yes, actually they do. Both drivers blood is tested. Even the one who is killed. Brooks Rogers even got to have an autopsy because it was a homicide. Jordan Griffith didn't get to have an autopsy. Also, did you happen to read the report about how the crash ocurred? What Griffith did? How can you even ask such a stupid question if you read details of crash? Friend of Jordan's? Drink and drive yourself? Because that statement, as ridiculous as it was, didn't just come out of nowhere.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 at 01:51 PM in reply to Who's assuming?
        What do you mean by Jordan Griffith "didn't get to have an autopsy"? Why would he want one? Jail's rough but I would think the autopsy process would be worse...
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          by Who's assuming on Mar 16, 2012 at 08:06 AM in reply to
          Are you really asking that question? Really? SMH
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          by .::. on Mar 17, 2012 at 11:51 PM in reply to
          I love how people try to grasp at straws when they can't deal with facts. It must hurt: forming all of these complex, insightful thoughts of yours day in and day out. How do you do it?
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      by CH on Mar 15, 2012 at 12:04 PM in reply to Yeah okay...
      YES BROOKS' WAS TEST AND NO ALCOHOL IN HIS BLOOD! He WAS the DD no doubt.... YOUR RUDE COMMENTS NEED TO STOP ITS PAINFUL FOR THE FAMILY
  • by Grace on Mar 15, 2012 at 05:41 AM
    I cannot believe they let this killer bond out! Why does there even have to be a trial - is there any doubt Griffith is guilty? Multiple witnesses saw the accident happen, saw him get out from behind the steering wheel, blood alcohol level etc. But we wait 4 1/2 months for DNA to confirm he was driving, just to let him bond out and carry on with his life?!? Unbelievable. My daughter is good friends with the young man who was critically injured, Sterling Mixon. Griffith spent ZERO time in jail right after the "accident" in which he killed someone with his car, and was out partying shortly after. Didn't seem to have fazed him much in order words. So the terms of bond are no alcohol, no driving. HAHAHA. Griffth wasn't allowed to drive before, being underage and that didn't stop him. He wasn't allowed to be drunk and drive and he did. What makes this judge think he's going to behave now! Griffith will probably slink on back down to Tampa to continue his partying ways, so we Tallahassee residents should be glad of that. But what about the citizens of Tampa, with this kids loose? Broken criminal justice system we have, no doubt about it! Truly disgusting.... and scary!
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      by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 at 01:56 PM in reply to Grace
      Grace- "why does there have to be a trial?" Answer: He has the right to a trial just like anyone else. Witnesses are unpredictable- they could say one thing on the scene and then at trial say something totally different. They could also lie to get someone in trouble. We have trials because the defendant has a right to have his side of the story heard. Don't you remember it is "innocent until PROVEN guilty"? It probably won't be a problem in this case but he STILL has that right until a jury decides otherwise. If you think our system is broken then you will have to have a talk with our forefathers.
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        by Grace on Mar 16, 2012 at 07:44 AM in reply to
        Our forefathers did not have a problem with DUI - it's pretty hard to do serious damage when you're riding a horse! I know all about the criminal justice system, but DUI with confirmed BAC and MULTIPLE witnesses (at least 4) relating details of the accident in the same exact way is all incontrovertible. Murderers are usually kept behind bars until trial, for the same reason this guy should have been - public safety. That's the whole point.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 at 05:26 AM
    About time this killer is put behind bars. I hope he rots in prison and his family has their kid taken away just like he took away Brooks from the Rogers family.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 12, 2012 at 03:43 PM in reply to Anonymous
      why would you ever wish death upon someone else? You're just as bad as him.
  • by sad mom on Mar 14, 2012 at 08:10 PM
    It's just really sad for everyone.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 at 10:23 AM in reply to sad mom
      No, it's sad for Brook's mom. Jordan's mom still gets to see him. Talk to him. Touch him. Hug him. And will be able to see him, talk to him etc when he is in prison if she wants to. He'll then get out, still be young, go on with his life, likely marrry, have children so she'll have grandchildren by him. Jordan took all of that away from Brooks mom in the blink of an eye.
  • by renee on Mar 14, 2012 at 05:13 PM
    i hate a young man was killed but honestjy the guy should get that much time in prison??? im sure evertone that got in that car knew he was drinking!!!people shouldnt get in cars with peoplle drinking!!! some one should have took the keys!! so all who was in the car was at fault!!!
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      by Anonymous on Mar 14, 2012 at 05:35 PM in reply to renee
      There is no law against riding while drunk. Pretty simple really.
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        by Lee on Mar 15, 2012 at 05:30 AM in reply to
        Might want to check that comment there, Anonymous...It's called Public Intoxication...and BTW, there is no set blood alcohol level to be charged, tried and convicted of that misdemeanor.
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      by SNA on Mar 15, 2012 at 04:10 AM in reply to renee
      You understand that he killed someone in a different car, right?
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      by Yes, he should on Mar 15, 2012 at 05:30 AM in reply to renee
      @Renee - people that get in vehicles with someone that is driving that has been drinking are making a bad choice, they are putting their lives at risk, however, they are not in control of the car nor are they at all responsible if there is a crash. Those that think otherwise are wrong. In the eyes of the law and every other way. Having said that, you might want to read the article before commenting on it. These young men, there were three in the car, one killed, the others injured, were not in the car with the the drunk driver, Jordan Griffith. Griffith crashed into their car. It's amazing how some people think that by killing someone by chosing to drive drunk, by seriously injuring people, that the time they can get in prison is high. The only person EVER at fault in a crash with an intoxicated driver is the intoxicated driver. If there is a serious injury or death, he or she deserves every year of their sentence they get and more. The have wanton disregard for human life when they get behind the wheel of their car. They knew they were going to be driving when they took that first drink. They didn't make a mistake. They made a choice.
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      by Another Anonymous on Mar 16, 2012 at 04:55 PM in reply to renee
      How dare you Renee!!! You need to get your facts straight. The young men that were killed and critically injured were NOT in the car with Jordan, so how could they possibly be equally at fault! None of them had been drinking and blood tests have proven that. You should be ashamed for saying such things when you obviously don't even have a clue as to what happened.
  • by Dee on Mar 14, 2012 at 04:55 PM
    It's about time! Hopefully they will keep him in jail so he can't destroy any more lives.
  • by Corruption on Mar 14, 2012 at 02:01 PM
    It's a shame his spouse doesn't work for Sheriff Campbell. Then things would be totally different and he'd be driving around without any fear of arrest for manslaughter.
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      by Bob in Tally on Mar 14, 2012 at 06:07 PM in reply to Corruption
      Really? Name 1 spouse of a LCSO employee who was involved in a DUI fatality.
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        by Jess on Mar 15, 2012 at 08:31 PM in reply to Bob in Tally
        Probably mistaken it with Sheriff Harvey in Wakulla and his hit and run drinking and driving. Of course no one was hurt and he wrote himself a ticket.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 14, 2012 at 12:24 PM
    The family drove up from Tampa to get some practice at driving up to a state prison for the next 15 years.
  • by SNA on Mar 14, 2012 at 12:09 PM
    Nearly 5 months to make an arrest when there were witnesses, a failed breathalyzer test, and a controlled atmosphere inside the vehicle. It should also be noted that he was NOT 21 years old at the time of the accident. He's been free this whole time and a $62K bond has been set? He needs to be locked up as a danger to society. What possible explanation is there for the delay?
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      by Anonymous on Mar 14, 2012 at 02:54 PM in reply to SNA
      blame fdle for the wait. there was no breath test. they tested his blood and fdle takes forever to get results back. 5 months is actually fast
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      by Legal Genius on Mar 14, 2012 at 03:07 PM in reply to SNA
      Likely reasons for the delay: 1. Right to Speedy Trial - The right to speedy trial attaches at the time of arrest. A defendant can demand speedy trial once arrested and must be brought to trial within a specified time frame. If the evidence is not analyzed, the State can be forced to go forward without critical evidence: like the DNA evidence released on March 12 which conclusively puts him behind the wheel. 2. It is not standard procedure to take a breath sample and a blood sample in cases like this. The early reading was likely from a medical blood test taken at the hospital pursuant to medical treatment. Those results are not admissible in court because they are reflected in a different measurement than "legal blood" which, according to the PC affidavit, wasn't determined until December 2. See Speedy trial section above. 3. State budget cuts. FDLE backlog of evidence processing, like toxicology and DNA, is due to reduced staffing and "doing more with less." All these cuts have an impact and one of those impacts includes longer wait times. Through no fault of FDLE, it just takes longer to process evidence due to lower staffing. Thank the corporate tax breaks for these cuts. 4. Cuts to state benefits. How is the State supposed to attract the skilled,educated, and very smart people who perform toxicology and DNA analysis when they go 5 years without a raise and continuing cuts and future threats to cut benefits. Why should a scientist work for the State and be called lazy etc and get hosed on pay and benefits when they can work for the private sector. It's hard to attract and retain good people when the are attacked.
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      by Legal Genius on Mar 14, 2012 at 03:14 PM in reply to SNA
      Looks like TPD had this guy in jail within 1 week of receiving the DNA report. Had they arrested him right away and been forced to trial without the evidence, then everyone would be slamming them for being sloppy. They get slammed for jumping the gun and they get slammed for waiting until critical evidence is in before moving forward. Should they sacrifice a thorough investigation for expediency? I should think not. The bond in this case is consistent with simlar cases. Defendants, even those charged with DUI manslaughter, have the constitutional right to bond. Disagree with that or the 15 year maximum sentence permitted for DUI manslaughter? Don't fault the cops or the court, write your legislators because they are the ones that make the laws.
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        by SNA on Mar 15, 2012 at 04:22 AM in reply to Legal Genius
        Thanks for some of those answers. I guess he'll be free to do this again for several more months until his "speedy" trial is set and then delayed a number of times.
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          by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 at 01:59 PM in reply to SNA
          Unfortunately, there are consequences to having the worst paid public sector in the country and having the fewest workers per capita. It may save tax money and it may free up money to give to corporations but there is no free lunch. You get what you pay for and we are just barely starting to see the consequences. In a few more years they may be looking for let some prisoners out so they can save some more money and this guy might be one of them that is let out.
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          by SNA on Mar 16, 2012 at 05:34 AM in reply to SNA
          Anonymous, I agree that we have the worst DA around, yet nobody is running against him so far. He is an embarrassment.
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        by SNA on Mar 16, 2012 at 05:33 AM in reply to Legal Genius
        But LCSO can arrest a murder suspect 5 days later when there were no witnesses and no perp still on the scene. They were able to analyze forensic information and other factors and arrest someone. I know there is a distinction between murder and manslaughter, but dead is dead. They chose different methods and had different intentions but the end result is the same.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 14, 2012 at 05:35 PM in reply to SNA
      As it clearly states in the article, they were waiting for evidence tests to come back. Young man driving an Infiniti, you can bet that his lawyer is competant, and expensive. The DA wants to be sure he does everything exactly right, so the kid doesn't walk on a technicality.
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