New Orleans prosecutors can introduce blood test evidence that Jason Adams was legally drunk when he slammed a Lamborghini into the Tchoupitoulas Street floodwall in 2016 and killed his passenger, a state judge ruled Wednesday.
Criminal District Court Judge Robin Pittman dismissed claims by Adams’ attorneys that the chain of custody for a blood draw was too flawed to allow the evidence to be used in court.
The test showed that Adams had a blood-alcohol level of .11 percent three hours after the crash, according to prosecutors. The legal driving limit is .08 percent.
Adams, 32, is charged with one count of vehicular homicide in connection with the crash, which killed 23-year-old passenger Kristi Lirette. Police said Adams was driving a leased 2015 Lamborghini at high speed when he veered into the floodwall on May 4, 2016.
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Adams, a real estate broker and investor, was driving 118 mph before he hit a curb and lost control, authorities claim.
His trial date has been pushed back several times, but Pittman’s ruling Wednesday swept away one of the last remaining obstacles. She set a new trial date of May 8.
Previous attempts to reach a plea agreement have failed.
Adams’ attorneys filed a motion in February arguing that the blood evidence should not be used at a trial because the wrong nurse was listed as taking the blood. It was actually another nurse who was not qualified to take blood samples, they said, meaning that the chain of custody for the most crucial evidence in the case had been compromised.
Adams’ lawyers said they may ask the state 4th Circuit Court of Appeal to review Pittman’s decision.
Earlier this month, Pittman said the District Attorney’s Office can introduce prior testimony from Traffic Division Detective Anthony Pontiff. He was the lead detective on the case before he died of a heart attack in August.
There was no objection from the defense team to letting Pontiff’s testimony at an earlier motions hearing be used at the trial.
Adams’ next court date is April 17.
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