Idol Hit-and-Run Suspect Will Fight Case

Cohen had been at a bar, could've 'walked into the vehicle': lawyer
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 30, 2009 9:21 AM CDT
In this undated image released by FOX, "American Idol" contestant Alexis Cohen, 23, of Allentown, Pa., performs in front of the judges during tryouts for the program's seventh season in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/FOX, Michael Becker)

(Newser) – The 23-year-old charged in the hit-and-run death of American Idol wannabe Alexis Cohen will plead not guilty on all counts, his lawyer tells People. Daniel Bark is mounting a tough defense case, says the lawyer. “We don't have anything in regards to the mechanics of how this young woman was killed,” he says, noting that no witnesses have presented themselves.

Lawyer Daniel Glassman says Cohen was at a bar before she died and notes that “we don't know what her state of affairs were, her physical condition was, if she walked into the vehicle.”