No Plea Deal Yet for Thrashers' Heatley
Nov. 29, 2004
ATLANTA (AP) _ Lawyers on both sides of Atlanta Thrashers forward Dany Heatley's vehicular homicide case said Monday they are not close to agreeing on a plea deal that would keep his case from going before a jury.
``I believe this case, at this point, appears to be heading to a trial,'' said Ed Garland, an attorney for Heatley.
Heatley appeared in Fulton County Superior Court on Monday for a hearing. A trial tentatively is set for February.
Assistant District Attorney Brett Pinion described plea negotiations as ``nothing that's gotten very far.''
The case stems from a car crash last year that killed Heatley's friend and teammate, Daniel Snyder.
Police say Heatley, 23, was driving his black Ferrari convertible between 60 mph and 90 mph on a curved road in a residential area when it ran into a brick pillar and iron fence on Sept. 29, 2003.
Snyder, 25, died after six days in a coma, and Heatley broke his jaw and tore two ligaments in his knee.
Heatley is charged with vehicular homicide and five misdemeanors. He faces from one to 15 years in prison on the homicide charge and 20 years if convicted on all six counts.
On Monday, Judge Rowland Barnes barred prosecutors from mentioning a 2002 car accident involving Heatley, but said he would allow them to bring up a speeding ticket from last year. Heatley was charged with driving 88 mph in a 65 mph zone in Kentucky last April en route to his home in Wisconsin after the NHL season.