Thrasher facing vehicular homicide trial

Updated: November 29, 2004, 2:48 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Lawyers on both sides of Atlanta Thrashers star Dany Heatley's vehicular homicide case said Monday that they are not close to agreeing on a guilty plea that would keep his case from going before a jury.

Dany Heatley

"I believe this case, at this point, appears to be heading to a trial," said Ed Garland, an attorney for Heatley.

Heatley appeared in Fulton County Superior Court for a hearing in the case. A trial tentatively is set for February.

Assistant District Attorney Brett Pinion described plea negotiations as "nothing that's gotten very far."

The case stems from a car crash last year that killed Heatley's friend and teammate, Daniel Snyder.

Police say 23-year-old Heatley was driving his black Ferrari convertible between 60 and 90 mph on a curved road in a residential area when it ran into a brick pillar and iron fence Sept. 29, 2003.

Snyder, who was 25, died after six days in a coma. Heatley broke his jaw and tore two ligaments in his knee.

Heatley is charged with vehicular homicide and five misdemeanors. He faces from one to 15 years in prison on the homicide charge and 20 years if convicted on all six counts.

On Monday, Judge Rowland Barnes barred prosecutors from mentioning a 2002 car accident involving Heatley but said he would allow them to bring up a speeding ticket from last year. The Thrashers forward was charged with driving 88 mph in a 65 mph zone in Kentucky last April en route to his home in Wisconsin after the NHL season.

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