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Judge grants extension in Agua Dulce alleged drunken driving death

Woman walking dogs was killed on street in August

Posted: May 21, 2012 6:00 p.m.
Updated: May 21, 2012 6:00 p.m.

A lawyer representing an Agua Dulce man accused of being intoxicated and killing his neighbor with his car has been granted more time to prepare his reconstruction of the deadly collision.

Dennis Keene, 64, remains charged with murder and drunken driving in the August crash that killed Lori Lindlief, 55, while she was walking her dogs on an Agua Dulce street.

He appeared briefly in Antelope Valley Superior Court on Monday morning when his lawyer asked for more time.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge granted Keene's lawyer, James A. Bates, more time to prepare an "accident reconstruction report," said the case's prosecutor.

"I wanted to have the case get under way in June, but the judge gave them until July to finish their accident reconstruction report," said Deputy District Attorney Susan Choi.

In March, Judge Bernie LaFerteza rejected the defense's argument that Lindlief was to blame for her own death after she allegedly darted out in front of the Keene vehicle.

Keene was arrested in August and charged in connection with the death of Lindlief. Both were residents of White Fox Lane in Agua Dulce.

Lindlief had been walking at least four of her dogs with her boyfriend on Mabana Street, just west of White Fox Lane, when she was hit by a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, sheriff's deputies reported at the time.

In September, Keene posted the $1 million bail amount to be released from custody.

But a week before Christmas, on the heels of a preliminary hearing, he was ordered to stand trial and had his bail increased from $1 million to $3 million.

Keene was returned to custody and remains jailed today.




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