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

7/29/2009 6:01 PM PDT
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.