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Nick Adenhart trial should occur in Orange County, appeals court rules

August 20, 2010 |  7:23 am

An appeals court has rejected an effort to have the trial of a driver accused of killing Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two of his friends moved out of Orange County.

The decision appears to clear the way for the trial to begin.

An attorney for Andrew Thomas Gallo had requested that the trial be moved outside Orange County because of the publicity surrounding the ballplayer's death in April 2009.

Gallo is charged with three counts of murder, driving under the influence, hit and run, and driving with a suspended license.

According to prosecutors, Gallo ran a red light and crashed into a car driven by Courtney Stewart at a Fullerton intersection. Police said he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19% -- more than twice the legal limit -- when he was tested two hours later.

Adenhart, 22; Stewart, 20; and Henry Pearson, 25, were killed in the accident. A third friend, Jon Wilhite, was severely injured.

-- Shelby Grad