Saturday, June 10, 2006

Judge won't move De Tournillon trial

 Mark De Tournillon

A Bedford County judge wants a local jury to hear the case of a man charged with a fatal boating accident on Smith mountain Lake last summer.

An elderly couple died August 20th when their boat was hit by a speedboat operated by Mark De Tournillion. Friday, Judge James Updike denied a defense motion to move the trial because of pre-trial publicity. He also will allow prosecutors to introduce De Tournillion's blood alcohol level tested shortly after the crash. Updike may also allow the victims' blood alcohol levels to be used as well.

De Tournillion was sent back to jail Friday after the judge learned he'd been arrested on a DUI charge in Florida in April. His trial in Virginia is set to begin June 20th.


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