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Attorneys compromise over Gosserand blood sample

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Posted: Nov 29, 2010 12:12 PM by Russell Jones, Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Nov 29, 2010 12:12 PM
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NEW ROADS - Attorneys in the Victoria Gosserand vehicular homicide case have reached a compromise over the accused's blood sample.

Prosecutors say that sample shows Gosserand's blood was nearly four times the legal limit the night she crashed her vehicle into another car, killing 23-year-old Terri Parker and badly injuring Kyle Riviere.

Defense attorneys wanted access to the entire blood sample taken from Gosserand, but prosecutors said they didn't need the whole sample because the one milliliter should be sufficient for testing.

Prosecutor Tony Clayton told the judge he has 10 millileter's of Gosserand's blood and was willing to give three to the defense, but "It's MY evidence! I don't want to give him my last bottle of blood!"

At today's motions hearing attorneys agreed to have Louisiana State Police deliver five milliliters of the sample to the defense for independent testing, while the defense could come inspect the the blood still being held at the state crime lab.

Both sides will be back in court on Jan. 24 for another motions hearing, and a trial date has been set for July 11.

News 2's Stephanie Ryan will have reaction from the victim's family members, who were at the hearing this morning, starting on News 2 at 4.

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