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DUI Suspect Contends Medical Situation Caused Deadly Crash
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) An attorney representing the man accused of killing a woman in a suspect DUI crash claims a medical emergency caused his client to blackout, not alcohol as charged by police.
"He woke up having pinned this woman in the car and killed her," James Byrd said of his client Maurice White, "It's a horrible accident."
According to a source, Martha Hinton's death was no accident. Hinton, 66, was in her car in a fast food parking lot on Schillinger Road Wednesday afternoon when White's pickup veered off the road, slamming into Hinton's door.
The source told Local 15 Reporter Andrea Ramey White's blood alcohol level was at .18, more than 2 times the legal limit.
"We've seen nothing to indicate that at all," Byrd said, "No evidence or indication that that would be true at all."
Also that day, a Local 15 photographer spotted police pulling alcohol containers from the bed of White's pickup.
Byrd said doctor's took a blood sample from his client as a hospital not long after the crash. Results from those tests have not been made public.
Byrd said his client was not drinking and had been leaving from a second job after working an overnight shift at his first job the previous night.
In a hearing Friday morning, Judge George Hardesty denied a request from District Attorney Ashley Rich to require White to wear an electronic monitor which also detects alcohol use while the case is pending.
"It's just like any other case, you know, we put things before the court all the time, we make requests; sometimes the judge grants our motion, sometimes, they don't and this time it didn't happens," Chief Assistant District Attorney Deborah Tillman said Friday afternoon.
Hardesty did, however, order White not to drink or use any drugs while the case is pending.
"He has no criminal history, has never done anything wrong in his life, he's supporting his family and has 2 jobs." Byrd said.
He added White even offered to give up his jobs and not drive as a condition of his bond. Hardesty said that was not necessary.
"Mr. White was willing to do anything to try to make this right, this was a horrible accident."
White is currently out of jail on $7,500 bond.
He is due in court for an arraignment January 22, Byrd said.