Jun 16, 2016

Victim's family members wipe away tears as David Lockhart pleads to lower term for vehicular manslaughter

David Lockhart's jury trial was scheduled to start this morning in Courtroom 4.

Yesterday, the attorneys met with Judge Timothy Cissna in a closed courtroom briefly to discuss offers and a possible plea.

This morning, after DA Maggie Fleming and Deputy DA David Christiansen met with family members of the victim and their lawyer, Mr. Patrik Griego, the attorneys met privately with Judge Cissna.

Court was then opened and Lockhart plead to a stipulated term of 16 months to Count 1, vehicular manslaughter and one year consecutive for the allegation, causing great bodily injury to John Doe.

By agreement, Lockhart was sentenced to the lower term of 16 months for Count 1.
Mid term is two years and upper term is four years.

Judge Cissna went over the plea, the rights Lockhart would give up, possible restitution and fines and advised Lockhart that the sentence was set, could not be greater or lower at sentencing.

Lockhart will serve time in state prison and be on post release community supervision for three years, after release.

Sentencing is July 1 at 8:30 a.m.

Mar 24, 2016

Jury trial confirmed for David Lockhart charged with the death of Hannah Baker

Trial confirmation was scheduled this afternoon for David Lockhart. Jury trial confirmed for April 25. Trial assignment April 22.

Mr. David Celli was present with Lockhart, who is out of custody. Mr.David Nims subbed in for Mr. Patrik Griego, who represents the Baker family. Deputy District Attorney David Christensen is prosecuting the case.

Nov 19, 2015

David Lockhart arraignment for vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence causing the death of Hannah Baker

David Lockhart was arraigned this afternoon in Courtroom 5 for Count 1, vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence in the death of Hannah Denise Baker. There is a special allegation that Lockhart caused great bodily injury or death to John Doe.

Through a family friend, I was told John Doe is out of the hospital.

Lockhart was held to answer to the same charges after his preliminary hearing.

Lockart  is out of custody. He was in court with two supporters/family members. The victim's family and friends were present with their attorney, Mr. Patrik Griego and some were wearing shirts with Baker's photo.

Lockhart entered not guilty pleas, denied all special allegations. Mr. David Celli appeared on behalf of his office, Mr. Russ Clanton is representing Lockhart.

Deputy District Attorney David Christensen is prosecuting the case.

The defense requested a jury trial based on the availability of Mr. Clanton's schedule and he has other trials in January. Through their attorney and reiterated by the People, the victim's family wanted the trial set within 60 days, which would have been on January 11.

However, Lockhart had waived time and since Mr. Clanton is not available, a jury trial date of February 18 was scheduled. Trial Confirmation is on February 4 at 2 p.m. and Pre-trial hearing is scheduled for January 21 at 2 p.m.

Nov 5, 2015

David Lockhart held to answer for charge of gross vehicular manslaughter and death of multiple victims

David Lockhart had a preliminary hearing scheduled this morning. He was held to answer on the charges and arraignment on information is on November 19.

There is only one victim in this case, Hannah Baker. John Doe, who was taken to the hospital, survived.

Sep 11, 2015

Preliminary hearing for David Lockhart charged with gross vehicular manslaughter is rescheduled for October 8

David Lockhart, is chared with a felony: homicide with the count of gross vehicular manslaughter and death of multiple victims. Yesterday, there was an intervention hearing in Courtroom 2 and the preliminary hearing for September 15 was vacated and a new date of October 8 was scheduled.

The Baker family, who lost their loved ones, have local  attorney Patrik Griego to represent them.

Deputy District Jackie Pizzo has been handling the case for the People. Mr. Russ Clanton represents Lockhart.

The District Attorney's office filed a stipulation and order on September 2 for independent analysis of a controlled substance.

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California Highway Patrol press release:

On November 12, 2014, at approximately 1730 hours, a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, driven by 48 year old David Lockhart of Weott, CA, was traveling south on US-101, north of Garberville. A 2012 Chevrolet Suburban SUV, driven by a 24 year old resident of Rio Dell, CA, was traveling north on US-101, north of Garberville. For reasons still under investigation, the Chevrolet Silverado pickup made an unsafe turning movement and traveled across the center median, into the northbound traffic lanes of US-101, while still traveling south.  The Silverado pickup subsequently collided head-on with the Suburban SUV in the #2 lane of northbound US 101.

Drivers of the both vehicles as well as the passenger of the Suburban SUV suffered major injuries as a result of the collision.  The driver of the Suburban SUV later succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at Jerold Phelps Community Hospital. The names of the Driver and Passenger of the Suburban SUV are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

California Highway Patrol, Humboldt County Sheriff, Cal-Fire, Garberville Volunteer Fire department, and Redway Volunteer Fire department all responded to the scene. This collision remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol - Garberville Area.

Drug impairment does appear to be a factor in this collision.  At the time of the collision, airbags in both vehicles deployed, and all occupants were properly safety-belted.

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