Gallo appointed public defender

Updated: September 15, 2009, 12:27 PM ET
Associated Press

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- The trial of a man charged with the drunken driving death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart likely will be delayed by several months after a new defense attorney was appointed.

An Orange County public defender was appointed Monday to represent 22-year-old Andrew Gallo after his private attorney quit the case, citing a lack of resources.

Prosecutors had hoped to go before a jury late this year.

Gallo is charged with three counts of second-degree murder for an April crash that killed Adenhart and two others.

Authorities say Gallo was drunk when he drove his minivan through a red light in Fullerton and hit another car.

He could face nearly 55 years to life in prison if convicted.


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