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Suspect in 'A.I.' Death Charged with Homicide

7/27/2009 5:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Alexis Cohen  American Idol homicideThe man arrested for the hit-and-run death of "American Idol" contestant Alexis Cohen has just been charged with death by vehicular homicide.

23-year-old Daniel Bark -- who was booked yesterday for reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident -- was also charged with aggravated manslaughter and eluding a law enforcement officer.

Cohen was struck on a road in Seaside Heights, New Jersey over the weekend -- her body was found by two pedestrians.

Bark's bail has been set at $150,000.

Thanks to APP.com for the pic of Bark.

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First whores!    

I am first!!!!!!!!!!!! You losers suck! I win bitches!!!!

1725 days ago
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PrInCeSs JaY    

Wow, this guy looks like he's 12. I can imagine the guys in jail are just dying to get some of that fresh meat.

1725 days ago
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iamcuriousyellow    

the boy be lookin mighty pretty ... he gonna have a fun time in jail tonight

1725 days ago
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jack    

number 1 ur a total loserrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr did u wait for this opportuinty oh ur now as famous as her-silli bitch

1725 days ago
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Hoser-eh    

Needs to be bailed out and given a map to Paula's house. See if he can take care of her too

1725 days ago
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Brandon    

Aww...she was one of the funniest contestants. I'm sad now.

1725 days ago
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Tye Tanikk    

He deserves the same treatment as his victim received.

1725 days ago
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Michael    

Yeap, that boy got him a really purty mouth he does, hehehheh

1725 days ago
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doc murry    

we all should take up a collection to bail him out,as bad of a singer that looney girl was he did us all a favor..

1725 days ago
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HulkKrush    

I think it's a picture of the victim. I think she gave Simon the finger in auditions - can anyone say Motive?

1725 days ago
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Michael    

NOT FIRST!!!!! Ya losers!!! oh wait....

1725 days ago
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Wiz    

Local newspaper version:

July 27, 2009


Charges to be upgraded in death of American Idol contestant

By KATHLEEN HOPKINS
STAFF WRITER

Prosecutors are expected to file additional charges against Daniel Bark, the 23-year-old Toms River man charged with with causing the death of former American Idol contestant Alexis Cohen.

Daniel Bark appeared in front of state Superior Court Judge Wendel E. Daniels this afternoon for his first appearance on the original charge of leaving a scene of a fatal accident. Bail on that charge had been set at $35,000 with no option to pay 10 percent.

But Daniels said the court been made aware that additional charges — of aggravated manslaughter, death by auto and eluding police — will be forthcoming. Bail on those charges will be set at $150,000 with no 10 percent option, he said.

Bark, wearing a khaki jail uniform with his hands cuffed in front of him, maintained a low-key demeanor throughout the proceeding.

Speaking outside the courthouse afterwards, his attorney, David Glassman, said "he's having an extremely difficult time mentally coming to terms with the fact that there's an allegation that he caused a death."

"My client is in a state of mind where he is going to be under suicide watch," Glassman said. "His family is extremely distraught about what happened to the victim in this case and want to extend their condolences to her family."

Glassman said he believes prosecutors will be alleging that alcohol was involved in the incident.

The "American Idol" hopeful was killed early Saturday morning in Seaside Heights when she was struck by a motor vehicle, police have said. Her body was found 350 yards from the Bay Boulevard lot where police found her car. She suffered abdomen, chest and head injuries.

Police were notified at 5:05 a.m. Saturday, by people who saw the body while passing the intersection of Bay Boulevard and Dupont Avenue, authorities have said. Cohen was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m., police said.

Bark was arrested in Atlantic Highlands at 6 p.m. Sunday.

"American Idol" viewers might remember her angry yet empowered, partially censored, post-rejection rant aired during the show's seventh season. Last year, she unsuccessfully auditioned for season eight.

http://www.app.com/article/20090727/NEWS/90727075/-1/FRONTTABS01/Charges+to+be+upgraded+in+death+of+American+Idol+contestant

1725 days ago
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Mandy    

This guy actually looks a lot like Alexis Cohen.

1725 days ago
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Paparazzo@frog.cc    

This guy looks like he's 9 years old.

1725 days ago
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aniteh    

You guys are morons. THIS IS ALEXIS COHEN!

1725 days ago
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