LA Car Rampage Suspect: It Was an Accident
Nathan Campbell, 38, faces possible life in prison
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 6, 2013 5:25 PM CDT
This undated booking photo released by the Bay County Sheriff's Office showing Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, from a 2008 arrest in Panama City, Fla.    (HOPD)

(Newser) – A lawyer for a Colorado man charged today with murder and assault for allegedly driving his car through a weekend throng on the Venice Beach boardwalk said it was an accident that has left his client devastated. "I don't believe he intentionally tried to hit anybody," said public defender Philip Dube, who is representing Nathan Louis Campbell, 38. "He's profoundly sad, he is profoundly depressed, that he has potentially ended somebody's life," Dube said outside the courthouse, after Campbell entered a not guilty plea. "I think this was a horrible accident."

A felony complaint outlined 34 counts against Campbell, saying he acted willfully. However, it provided no explanation for why he allegedly maneuvered around a vehicle barrier early Saturday evening and plowed into tourists and vendors on the popular walkway along the Pacific. Italian newlywed Alice Gruppioni, 32, who was on her honeymoon, was killed, and 16 other people were injured. Campbell was charged with one count of murder, 16 counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and 17 counts of hit-and-run. If convicted, he could face life in prison. Bail was set at $1.48 million. Click for more.

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Aug 7, 2013 11:50 AM CDT
The message is clear here to him and the wonna be's. Do something like this and you will make the Big Bubba very happy man for life.
Aug 7, 2013 11:22 AM CDT
You gotta love the asshole lawyers: "He's profoundly sad, he is profoundly depressed, that he has potentially ended somebody's life," Potentially? Really? The dead girl might recover? About thirty years in the slammer shoul serve. Just condemnin' . . .
Aug 7, 2013 3:07 AM CDT
Anyone who uses drugs to alter their brain have no human rights since they've removed that element (access to reasonable human thinking ability) so drunk drivers that kill others every day s/b "put down" like the animal they've become by their own choice