Judge Won’t Release Video Of NFL Player’s DUI Killing


A judge refused to release surveillance video that captured NFL player Donte Stallworth’s car striking and killing a pedestrian, the Miami Herald reports. Stallworth, 28, is serving 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to DUI manslaughter in the drunk driving death of Mario Reyes, 59. Reyes’s family members and prosecutors asked that the video be withheld because its posting on the Internet or broadcast on television would cause emotional trauma, especially for Reyes’ 15-year-old daughter.

Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy said the video was ”akin to autopsy photos or akin to the depiction of a crime scene,” which can be restricted by a judge. Under a plea deal, Stallworth must also serve two years of house arrest and eight more on probation. The deal does not prohibit him from playing football but the NFL has suspended him indefinitely.

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