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Former Maryland bishop’s manslaughter trial postponed

The trial for a 58-year-old former Episcopalian bishop from Baltimore, Maryland, who is accused of killing a bicyclist in an alleged drunk driving incident has had her case postponed until some time in September. The charges against the woman include drunken driving, manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident.

The charges against the former bishop stemmed from an incident that occurred on Dec. 27, 2014, after the Subaru she was driving allegedly struck and killed a 41-year-old father of two who was riding his bike in a bicycle lane on Roland Avenue. According to police, the woman was reportedly texting while she was driving. Although she initially drove off from the scene of the accident, police state that she did later return. A subsequent blood alcohol test performed by authorities revealed a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.22, which is nearly triple the amount of Maryland’s legal limit.

The woman was indicted during the earlier part of February and bail was set at $2.5 million with an arraignment hearing on March 5. Both the manslaughter charge and the leaving the scene of the accident charge can carry a maximum sentence of 10 years. She has reportedly been in treatment seeking rehabilitation for her addiction since the time of the accident.

Individuals who have been charged with a crime for driving while under the influence may face serious consequences that could include a lengthy prison sentence if they are convicted of their crimes. They may potentially benefit from learning more about their legal rights by speaking with an experienced Maryland criminal attorney.

Source: The Washington Post, “Trial postponed until September for ex-Episcopal bishop charged in death of bicyclist,” Michelle Boorstein, June 03, 2015

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