New trial date for Marine accused of second-degree murder
by NEAL PUTNAM
Published - 09/30/16 - 05:09 PM | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A new trial date of Feb. 14, 2017 was set Sept. 28 for Jason Riley King, who is accused of two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of two UCSD medical students while allegedly driving drunk in a head-on crash.

Jason Riley King, 23, appeared before San Diego Superior Court Judge Joan Weber on Wednesday and waived his right again to have a speedy trial.

Anne Baldock, 24, of La Jolla, and Madison Cornwell, 23, of Mission Viejo, were both killed May 15, 2015 following the 1:40 a.m. collision on state Route 163 when King drove his truck the wrong way and struck the car driven by Cornwell.

The next hearing will be on Nov. 17 when his lawyers will seek to dismiss the murder charges in a motion hearing before Weber.

King is also charged with two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and jurors will be presented with a choice of convicting him of murder, manslaughter, both, or neither. He is also charged with causing great bodily injury to three other injured students.

The prosecutor said King was partying that night with other Marines at a hotel in Mission Beach. She said his friends tried repeatedly to stop him from driving. King, who was a U.S. Marine at the time, was seriously injured in the crash himself.

King has pleaded not guilty and remains in jail on $3 million bail. If he’s convicted of two murder counts, he faces a sentence of 30 years to life in prison.

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