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Plea agreement could be reached in drunk driving case

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Posted: Sep 22, 2010 5:51 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Sep 22, 2010 7:59 PM
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Topics: Derek Quebedeaux, plea, agreement, drunk, driving, case

A plea agreement could be reached surrounding a drunk driving case in Hammond.

Derek Quebedeaux is accused of plowing into a group of people last year. Three people died, and two more were severely injured. He didn't have anything to say as he walked into court Wednesday.

Attorneys for both sides met with Judge Douglas Hughes this afternoon. A trial is set for Nov. 8, but there could be a plea agreement before then.

"We leave open for discussion a resolution of any criminal case short of going to trial," said Mike Thiel, Quebedeaux's attorney.

"There will be discussions about a possible plea," said District Attorney Scott Perrilloux.

Although there's talk of a plea agreement, no further details were released.

Sam Zinna is friends with one of the girls who was hit but survived.

"She's slowly recovered back in England and has been back there since June of last year," said Zinna. "She is functioning as best she can as a teenager."

Zinna said one of the victims' relatives had a lengthy meeting with Perrilloux. A sentencing date has already been set for Janurary even though the trial hasn't even begun. Zinna said at that time, a crash victim from England could give a victim impact statement.

Perrilloux also told News 2 while a plea agreement could be in the works if all parties agree, the state is pushing for Quebedeaux to plead to the charges against him in their current form.

Rion Lowe, Maxine Profit and Beth Bourdreaux were killed in the crash.

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