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Slain 'A.I.' Contestant Drunk, Suspect Says

7/29/2009 6:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The drunk driver charged with killing "American Idol" contestant Alexis Cohen in a hit-and-run last weekend says he's prepared to defend the case in part by questioning Cohen's sobriety at the time she was struck.

 Slain 'American Idol.' Contestant Drunk, Suspect Says

David Glassman -- attorney for 24-year-old Daniel Bark -- tells TMZ, "We're going to put a blanket not guilty plea on all counts."

Bark -- who's on suicide watch in a New Jersey jail -- is charged with aggravated manslaughter and vehicular homicide... as well as eluding police and leaving the scene of a crime. Cops say Bark struck Cohen while fleeing police after hitting a parked car -- just minutes before.

But Glassman says there's a huge gap with respect to when Bark allegedly struck the victim.

Bark is alleged to have killed Cohen with his 2005 Mitsubishi Galant.

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ME    

Hi

1724 days ago
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BarnabyS    

That's not a Mitsubishi Galant in the picture, That's a Mazda6.

1724 days ago
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me    

umm that's a Mazda 6 not a Mitsubishi Galant

1724 days ago
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Andy G    

Pretty sure thats a mazda how hard is it to work at tmz!

1724 days ago
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atabaw    

She is dead you moron - you drunken speed racing, lets bust a gut and run - she is d.e.a.d & YOU killed her and took off - you douche.

1724 days ago
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dieter    

atabaw - where does it say he was street racing you moron. just because he has a car that seems to be seem mildly tuned, does not make him a street racer. Secondly so she dead, big deal. With her attitude problem she probably walked in from of the car.

1724 days ago
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I Will Take Being Born White Any Day - Thats Worth Much More To Me, #6    

That sounds like a good defense.

1724 days ago
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Bobp    

Let's review: He hit her with his car without stopping to see if she needed help, KILLED her and now wants to blame her. I would love to be on that jury.

1724 days ago
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Christy    

Is that dude wearin' a skirt?!?!?! Lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

1724 days ago
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brazil_soccer_fan    

First of all: Who cares? She was annoying? Second of all (Aimed at ME and BarnabyS): Where does it say that the car he hit he with is the car in the pic?? Think about it? and you call the guys at TMZ stupid!

1724 days ago
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airstreamingypsy    

Is he wearing a skirt and holding his, um, weenie?

1724 days ago
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chihuahuasrule    

It doesn't matter if he was speed racing or not--he's a young PUNK with a car that killed someone. This guy should be jailed for life and get "his" daily in prison! PUNKS now a days think that nothing can harm them, because mommy and daddy protected them so much growing up! YOUNG PUNKS ROT IN HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1724 days ago
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Anthony    

my name is convict I drive a P.o.s that is really a truck in disguise

1724 days ago
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SJ    

Christy should definately be on the jury !

1724 days ago
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headhurt    

What difference does it make if she was drunk or sober? He ran her over with his car, and fled the scene. Period. It doesn't matter if she was drunk, dressed in a clow suit, and whistling Britney Spears tunes. There is no excuse for what he did.

1724 days ago
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