Thursday, May 21, 2009
Judge sets start date for Leyritz DUI trial
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A Florida judge has set a trial date for former major leaguer Jim Leyritz on charges of DUI manslaughter in a fatal car crash.
Leyritz's attorney J. David Bogenschutz said the retired New York Yankees player appeared at the hearing Thursday and the trial date was set for for Sept. 14.
Police say Leyritz was drunk when he ran a red light in his sport utility vehicle and caused the crash that killed 30-year-old Fredia Ann Veitch in December 2007 in Fort Lauderdale. Authorities say Veitch also had a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit.
The 45-year-old Leyritz played for six teams in 11 major league seasons, including a stint with the New York Yankees in which he hit a memorable 1996 World Series home run.