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DUI crash: Driver makes 1st court appearance to face murder charge

A 27-year-old Mission Viejo man charged with murder after crashing his car into a house made his first court appearance Tuesday.
December 31, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
A 27-year-old Mission Viejo man charged with murder after crashing his car into a house made his first court appearance Tuesday.

Police say Kourosh Keshmiri was speeding and under the influence of alcohol when he crashed his red Cadillac into a house Sunday, killing 60-year-old Kenneth Jackson while he was sleeping.

Keshmiri appeared in a Santa Ana courtroom and spoke through an interpreter. He did not enter a plea. His arraignment hearing was continued to Jan. 14.

The 27-year-old Mission Viejo resident was already facing a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol from a June incident, and his driver's license was suspended. In addition, he already had a misdemeanor DUI conviction in August 2010.

If convicted, Keshmiri faces 15 years to life in state prison. He is being held on $1 million bail.