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Road Rage Dr. Thompson Arraigned on 7 Counts (Updated)

2:46 PM PST on January 15, 2009

Stephen Box spent the morning at the La Cienega Courthouse to bring us the news on the progress of the trial for Dr. Christopher Thompson, the "road-rage" doctor that allegedly tried to kill a pair of experienced cyclists on July 4th for riding two abreast on a two-lane road.  For those of you that are unfamiliar with the story, click here for all the details.  For those that want to read about the charges Thompson will face, read on.

Via Soap Box LA:

Thompson will return to court on February 23, 2009 when his attorney,Peter Swarth, is expected to enter a motion to dismiss the chargeswhich are: 2 counts of assault with a deadly weapon, 2 counts ofbattery with serious bodily injury, reckless driving, reckless drivingcausing specified injury and mayhem.

Deputy District AttorneyMary Stone moved swiftly, entering the charges and asking the Judge toorder Thompson to surrender his passport.  The Judge set bail at $100thousand and directed Thompson to turn over his passport, giving himuntil Tuesday to retrieve it from storage.

As in the past,Thompson appeared in court with his entourage, a group that only servedto draw attention in an otherwise quiet and routine day at the LaCienega Airport Courthouse.

The trial date is set for March 6,2010, almost 2 years after the July 4 weekend incident that set thisjourney in motion. Thompson is alleged to have pulled his car in frontof 2 cyclists, slamming on his brakes, causing one cyclist to hit theground while the other cyclist went throuth the rear window.

Update: The trial will actually be held within 10 days of March 6 of this year.  The legal term is "0 of 10" for March 6, so you can see where the confusion came from.  Thanks to Gary Kavanaugh for the correction.

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