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Man charged with killing Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart seeks to move trial

April 1, 2010 |  7:38 pm
Nick Adenhart jersey at Angels game

A 23-year-old man charged with killing Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others in a Fullerton car crash last year is seeking to move his trial out of Orange County.

An attorney for Andrew Thomas Gallo filed the motion for the change of venue in Orange County Superior Court, according to a case summary posted on the court's website.

Adenhart, 22, a right-hander with a promising career ahead of him, had pitched six scoreless innings during an Angels home game hours before he and three friends headed to a dance club early on April 9. Their vehicle was broadsided by another at the intersection of Orangethorpe Avenue and Lemon Street.

Adenhart and two of the friends -- Frances Stewart, 20, and Henry Pearson, 25, -- were killed in the crash.

Gallo has pleaded not guilty to charges including three counts of murder, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a suspended license because of a prior DUI conviction, court records show.

Gallo, who was convicted in San Bernardino County of drunk driving in 2006 and marijuana possession the next year, ran from the scene but was quickly caught, according to police.

Gallo is scheduled to go on trial in July.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Angels Torii Hunter and John Lackey at a game last year holding the jersey of pitcher Nick Adenhart. Credit: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times.

See a Times photo gallery for more Adenhart photos.