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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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31.

Mary Worth    

And if he gets off with all that evil stuff, he'll probably think he's above the law!

She was no angel but who amongst us lives in a glass house?
No one deserves their life snuffed out at any age, particularly a young age!

1848 days ago
32.

Lekili    

Let me get this straight, Bark is drunk , driving and fleeing the police after hitting a parked car and he wants to turn the tables on the "dead victim". Who cares if she had been drinking, she was walking, not driving a lethal weapon, not fleeing from the police after a hit and run. Are we supposed to feel sorry for this complete jerk of a human that would leave someone dying in the streets?
I hope he rots in a jail cell.

1848 days ago
33.

tommyr    

Let me get this straight. IF she was drunk, that makes it o.k. to hit her? How do they know she was drunk? I don't know this girl and I have NEVER watched this stupid show but his defense is she was drunk so it's o.k. if I hit and killed her????

Oh yeah, this is America. That just may work!

How friggin' sad is this people?

1848 days ago
34.

canadasue    

What a a******!!! So what if she was drunk! The fact is he hit her, and instead of stopping to help her, he drove off and left her to die! Maybe if he had displayed one ounce of decency and called an ambulance, she might still be alive...
He's a worthless piece of trash in my books.

1848 days ago
35.

WOW REALLY    

wow you people who are annoyed and making comments about the car WOW do you not realize someone dies/was killed who gives a crap about the dam car.. you people have a problem and ITS DOESNT SAY ANYWHERE ABOUT THE CAR IN THE PIC BEING A GALANT.. they say with his mitsu. galant (which nowhere does it say it is pictured) and for all of you making fun of her you need to pick up the phone and call a doctor quickly because you clearly have mental issues imagine it was someone in your family that was killed i am sure you wouldnt be on here making fun of them or worried about the car in the picture you are Heartless SOB's..

1848 days ago
36.

MindTerrorist    

WHO GIVES A RATS ASS!!!!!

1848 days ago
37.

GrandmaDynamite    

Why Is This Man in Jail?.....He Did Nothing Wrong!!!.....He Was Doing a Public Service!!!
Give Him a Medal & a TickerTape Parade Down Broadway!!!!!!!!!!

1848 days ago
38.

gutsygirl    

Too bad "Suicide Watch" doesn't mean we get to view him...oh, never mind. Where he's headed will be punishment enough!

1848 days ago
39.

GrandmaDynamite    

This Man Did Nothing Wrong!!!.....Set Him Free Now!!!!!.....He Was Doing a Public Service!!!
He Was Ridding the World of Street Crap!!!!!

1848 days ago
40.

UGGGGHHH    

IT DOESN'T MATTER IF SHE HAD A FEW DRINKS IN HER. HE KILLED HER AND FLED THE SCENE..

1848 days ago
41.

UGGGGHHH    

BARK won't be smiling in jail when he drops the soap. The other dude will though............ ha ha ha

1848 days ago
42.

MichaelSavage    

Hey.....This Man Did Nothing Wrong.....He was doing a Public Service.
He was Eradicating the World of Street Slime.

1848 days ago
43.

Hussie    

Let's be serious here folks...
Has anyone, EVER, escaped such charges because the victim was allegedly drunk?...Does that even remotely sound like a reasonable defense to fleeing the Police after hitting a parked car, then killing someone?...

David Glassman is obviously not worth his salt as a "Lawyer" if he's even considering using that as a defense, as any Judge would certainly not allow for such a ridiculous statement...
And, it definitely doesn't excuse his "clients" deadly actions...

1848 days ago
44.

valsopinion    

What in the world does her level of sobriety have to do with the fact that he hit her and ran? I hope they got her DNA off of the car. That will be enough proof to lock this maniac up for a long, long time!

1848 days ago
45.

valsopinion    

Michael Savage, you really live up to your name

1848 days ago
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