LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man charged with murder after his automobile plowed through the
Soon after the Aug. 3 incident that killed one person and injured 17 others, Nathan Campbell parked his car on a
"You could smell the odor of alcohol coming from his person and his breath,"
Superior Court Judge Antonio Barretto declined to immediately enter into evidence a blood-alcohol test conducted on
After witnesses complete their testimony Wednesday, the judge said he would adjourn
"He said he drank vodka after the accident," Zucker said, adding
Another witness, Los Angeles police Det. Robert Riske testified that he interviewed the husband of an Italian woman who was killed by the car that roared through the crowded tourist area.
"He told me they were newlyweds and were on their honeymoon," Riske said.
He said the man told him he heard the car coming up behind him and grabbed his wife and tried to run but became separated from her when he fell to the ground.
Minutes later, Riske said the man told him, he saw his wife down the boardwalk, lying gravely injured.
Alice Gruppioni died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck, and multiple skull fractures, according to a coroner's report entered into evidence. Gruppioni, 32, was from
Sixteen others were injured, including Nancy Martinez, who sat in a wheelchair and wore a back brace Tuesday as she tearfully recounted the rampage through a Spanish interpreter. She said the Dodge Avenger slammed into her back, turning a cheerful summer evening into a scene of pain and death.
Most witnesses said they couldn't see the car's driver, but Kevin Salveson testified that it was
"I saw part of his face and he was smiling," Salveson said Tuesday. "I saw that he didn't have any remorse — smiling like he enjoyed what he had done."
Public defender Philip Dube noted that the defendant has no teeth, suggesting it was unlikely he was smiling.
Prosecutors contend that Campbell, a transient from
Dube has said
Another witness, John Drolette of
The motorist struck a woman and kept going with her on the car's hood until she finally was flung off, Drolette said.
Mustafa Balci said he and his wife were inside their tent when the car plowed into both of them.
"I thought, 'It's going to stop.' But it didn't," he said.