Attorneys for former Raiders receiver Henry Ruggs III launched a bid Wednesday to maintain his medical information out of the fingers of prosecutors charging him with driving beneath the affect in a fiery crash that killed a Las Vegas woman and price Ruggs his spot on the staff.
Ruggs didn’t seem in particular person in court docket as a prosecutor filed extra felony costs of DUI inflicting substantial harm and misdemeanor possession of a gun whereas beneath the affect that might imply extra jail time if the 22-year-old former first-round draft choose is convicted.
Exterior court docket, Clark County District Lawyer Steve Wolfson stated Ruggs would serve not less than a compulsory two years behind bars and will get greater than 50 years if he is discovered responsible of DUI inflicting loss of life or substantial harm and felony reckless driving.
Ruggs is accused of driving 156 mph (251 kph) with a blood-alcohol degree of 0.16% — twice the authorized restrict in Nevada — earlier than his Chevrolet Corvette slammed into the rear of Tina Tintor’s automobile earlier than daybreak on Nov. 2.
Tintor, 23, and her canine, Max, died as flames consumed her Toyota Rav4 SUV. Her funeral is scheduled Thursday. Relations sat with their lawyer Wednesday in court docket however declined to remark.
Ruggs was launched by the Raiders and is on home arrest with strict circumstances whereas his legal case proceeds. He posted $150,000 bail for his launch from jail every week in the past.
magistrate Suzan Baucum stated Wednesday that Ruggs dangers a return to jail if he would not adjust to restrictions. In keeping with the court docket document, Ruggs faces four-times-a-day alcohol testing as a result of his medical situation prevented him from being fitted with an digital machine to detect using alcohol.
“Any missed check-ins, any soiled assessments would end in revocation of his bail,” the choose instructed his attorneys. She set a Dec. 16 preliminary listening to of proof to find out whether or not Ruggs will face trial in state court docket.
Ruggs’ attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, signaled they intend to struggle at each step.
They argued that Nevada privateness legislation is extra strict than federal Well being Insurance coverage Portability and Accountability Act necessities, and satisfied Baucum to not less than quickly block prosecutors’ entry to Ruggs’ medical information.
Lawyer Peter Christiansen obtained the identical momentary block on behalf of Ruggs’ girlfriend, Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, who was with Ruggs in his Corvette and was additionally injured within the crash.
Prosecutor Eric Bauman argued that investigators want the information to find out info within the case.
Exterior court docket, Chesnoff stated that in 40 years as a lawyer he has dealt with instances “the place the info that had been introduced on the outset of the case turned out to not be the info.”
“My job is to query all of the info,” the protection lawyer stated.
Ruggs remained seated in a wheelchair with a foam brace on his neck throughout his preliminary court docket look final week.
Wolfson stated on the time that prosecutors had been instructed Ruggs suffered a leg harm and that Washington underwent surgical procedure for an arm harm. The district lawyer declined Wednesday to say extra.
The choose set a Dec. 8 listening to to determine if the medical information have to be turned over to police and prosecutors.
The Raiders launched Ruggs hours after the crash. He was rising as a star for the staff this season with 24 catches for a team-high 469 yards and two touchdowns. As a rookie in 2020, he had 26 catches for 452 yards and two touchdowns.
Ruggs was picked twelfth total within the 2020 NFL draft after three years at Alabama throughout which he helped the Crimson Tide win the NCAA championship as a freshman in 2017.
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