Leyritz to stay out of jail before trial

2/23/2009 - MLB

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A Broward County judge has ruled that former major leaguer Jim Leyritz does not have await his trial on DUI manslaughter charges in jail.

Circuit Judge Ilona Holmes on Monday sided with Leyritz's attorney, David Bogenschutz, who said his client misunderstood the conditions of his pretrial release. Bogenschutz said he found Holmes' order "extremely fair."

Authorities say Leyritz was drunk when he ran a red light in 2007 and crashed into another car, killing Fredia Ann Veitch.

Leyritz, who played for six teams and was last in the majors in 2000, was jailed this month after a device in his car recorded that he consumed alcohol four times since it was installed in April 2008. Bogenschutz said after the device was installed, Leyritz thought he was allowed to consume alcohol.