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Trial set in drunken driving/murder case

Posted: July 31, 2012 7:04 p.m.
Updated: July 31, 2012 7:04 p.m.


A trial date has been set for an Agua Dulce man accused of being intoxicated and killing his neighbor with his car.

Dennis Keene, 64, appeared briefly in Antelope Valley Superior Court on Tuesday, 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.

His trial is now scheduled to begin Sept. 11, according to Deputy District Attorney Susan Choi.

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.

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 returned to custody and remains jailed today.




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