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Jury wraps without verdict in Adenhart case

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Nick Adenhart throws to first during the first inning of their Major League Baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, April 8, 2009, in Anaheim, Calif. Adenhart and two others were killed in a car crash just hours after the game. (Mark J. Terrill)

September 24, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The jury deciding the case against the man accused of causing the crash that killed Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others finished its first day of deliberations Friday without reaching a verdict. The jurors went home for the weekend and will continue deliberations Monday.Earlier Friday an Orange County Superior Court judge found the accused Andrew Gallo guilty of driving on a suspended license.

Judge Richard Toohey's ruling was separate from the jury deliberations that are ongoing.

The 23-year-old Gallo has been charged with three counts of second-degree murder. Prosecutors said Gallo was drunk behind the wheel when he ran a red light on April 9, 2009, in Fullerton and crashed into a car carrying the victims.

22-year-old Adenhart, 20-year-old Courtney Stewart and 25-year-old Henry Pearson died in the accident. Another friend suffered critical injuries. Gallo has pleaded not guilty.

If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 54 years and eight months to life.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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