A Dec. 1 trial date for Lance Cpl. Jason Riley King, 22, was vacated and the new date was set by San Diego Superior Court Judge Peter Deddeh at the request of his attorney. Deddeh was the judge who arraigned King in his hospital bed in May.
King is accused of two counts of second-degree murder in the May 16 deaths of Anne Baldock, 24, of La Jolla, and Madison Cornwell, 23, of Mission Viejo. He is also accused of two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI with serious injury to three other passengers. One passenger in the car suffered a severe back injury.
If convicted of murder, King could be sentenced to a maximum term of 47 years to life in prison. The jury would have to decide whether to convict him of murder or vehicular manslaughter or both. He has pleaded not guilty and remains in jail on $3 million bail.
Others testified at a June 23 preliminary hearing they tried to dissuade King from driving from a bar in Mission Valley because they said he had had too much to drink.
Judge Michael Smyth ordered him to stand trial on all charges.
– Neal Putnam