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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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Horhay    

What a Moron... What does her sobriety have to do with anything.. You hit and killed her

1890 days ago
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Horhay    

Its a waste to have this idiot on Suicide watch let him kill himself please

1890 days ago
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mellow    

So Bark hits a parked car, runs from police, hits a person and leaves her there and she might have had a few drinks is the best you can do. Might be true, might be why she was WALKING and not DRIVING dipstick. Float that with the jury, I wanna watch. He left the scene because he did not want a DUI tagged on to all his other charges, shame on the lawyer for blaming the victim while his reckless client was fleeing the police. Glassman is why there are lawyer jokes and Henry VI was right, thank you Shakespeare we learned nothing from it obviously.

1890 days ago
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amanda    

Did TMZ edit the photo to cutout the Mazda logo?! I just looked at this article on my iPhone and the photo easily shows the emblem ...

1890 days ago
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Ms. Hysterical    

Any lawyer will tell you, off the record, that if you kill someone with your car and it's your first offense, you stand a good chance of not doing time. If your pissed at someone, don't shoot them, run them down.

1890 days ago
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I Will Take Being Born White Any Day - Thats Worth Much More To Me, #6    

Um, I'm pretty sure that's a white car.

1890 days ago
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MP    

First of all, I think they should remove the suicide watch and let nature takes its course. If he wants to kill himself, so be it. Secondly, it's illegal to commit a hit and run and/or leave the scene of an accident. Perhaps boy genius should've thought of that before he sped away from hitting Ms. Cohen. I don't think he has a very strong case. Lastly, it really disgusts me personally that criminals seem to have more rights than victims in our society nowadays. Drinking and driving is illegal, whether you hit someone with your car or not. I hope Mr. Bark fries. I'm sick of slimy defense attorneys trying to get their CRIMINAL clients off the hook. It's really a shame what happened to Ms. Cohen. The only person looking out for you is you.

1890 days ago
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Russ    

From a legal perspective, this will be a very interesting case. However I think the defendant's attorney will find his client in a very poor light for suggesting it was ok to run over the plantiff killing her, leaving the scene and then having the audacity to state the defendant may have been drunk. If I were a juror, I would definitly frown upon this approach from the defendant. It is simply a matter of trying to deflect responsibility. As a driver, if I see a person in the road stumbling, I need to slow down, stop and make certain he or she is cleared, not run them over. The attorney should prepare the gentlemen for incarceration.

1890 days ago
24.

Dean    

You Moron.There are no excuses for what you did.Whether or not she is drunk does not diminish the fact that you killed her.

1890 days ago
25.

Michael    

Goofy B@stard needs to turn his goofy little hat around, what a tard. He is over 12 right?

1890 days ago
26.

NateGriffin    

the car that hit me was a Mazda 6 not a Mitsubishi Galant. get it right tmz!

1890 days ago
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oprah & michel hater    

WHAT AN IDIOT..HE'S DRUNK DRIVING AND KILLS SOMEONE...LEAVES ..GETS CAUGHT ...NOW HES TRYING TO BLAME THE VICTIM...HE NEEDS TO GO STRAIGHT TO SAN QUENTIN OR HELL WOULD BE3 A BETTER PLACE FOR THIS PATHETIC HOMO DRUNK DRIVING LIL BITCH!

1890 days ago
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tlynn    

Aw, he'll get a slap on the wrist & a few months in jail. What about the elk grove police officer drunk driving, ran over a little boy, fled the scene, did a couple years & he's now out of jail. What about the retired firefighter that ran over the girl, left & the people behind him stopped & called 911?

1890 days ago
29.

just sayin'    

hang the drunken bastard! he had the presence of mind to flee the police after hitting a parked car THEN flee after a hit & run. vehicular manslaughter. not guilty my ass!

1890 days ago
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Tink44    

Why is this even on here? She was a rude and sarcastic bitch and tried out for a stupid TV show. It happens eveyday for crying out loud. Yes, I value life, but this is a celebraty website, not a drunken loser websiite.

1890 days ago
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