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Opening Statements Begin In Adenhart Case

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Nick Adenhart, #34 of the Los Angeles Angels, throws a pitch in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on April 8, 2009, in Anaheim, Calif. (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Nick Adenhart, #34 of the Los Angeles Angels, throws a pitch in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on April 8, 2009, in Anaheim, Calif. (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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SANTA ANA (AP) — Opening statements have begun in the murder trial of a man accused of driving while drunk and causing an accident that killed Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two of his friends.

KNX 1070’s Jon Baird Reports.

Orange County prosecutor Susan Price began her opening statement Tuesday in the trial of Andrew Gallo.

The 23-year-old Gallo has pleaded not guilty to three counts of second-degree murder and one count of felony hit-and-run.

Adenhart, who was 22, died just hours after pitching six scoreless innings in his 2009 season debut with the Angels.

Also killed were 20-year-old Courtney Stewart and 25-year-old Henry Pearson.

Defense attorney Jacqueline Goodman contends the prosecution should have brought a manslaughter case, not murder charges.

(© Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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