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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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61.

Lucinda    

That's a sad defense--she was drunk, so hit & run was ok??

1723 days ago
62.

What the?    

Who cares? She was fug.

1723 days ago
63.

Panger    

Just to let you all know where people are getting the Galant info: if you have the TMZ app on your iPhone, the story clearly states "Bark is alleged to have killed Cohen with his 2005 Mitsubishi Galant -- the car (above) shown on his MySpace profile just days ago." It is a Mazda6 in the picture, not a Galant.

1723 days ago
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doc murry    

this is funny..the same morons talk about bad lawyers seem to forget .what about the lawyers who got wacko jackson off of all the charges that he was a child molestor,,even though he was ,,I guess they are good lawyers huh because he was such a great performer..gagg me please

1723 days ago
65.

mal    

it seems like the information is so limited that who knows what happened. was he drunk? did she stumble into the street? was he actively fleeing the police or did they just spot his car hitting another car? regardless of whether he looks like a douche or not, he deserves a fair trial. i'd hate to accidentally hit someone and then be convicted of manslaughter.

1723 days ago
66.

ezpz    

Regardless if its a Mitsubishi or a Madza, he killed a person while driving drunk!
FYI - NOWHERE in the article, does it mention, that the car in the pic was the ACTUAL car in the incident. It only states that Cohen was killed with his 2005 Mitsubishi Galant.

1723 days ago
67.

CRAZY IS AS CRAZY DOES    

JAIL THE BASTARD.....

1723 days ago
68.

CRAZY IS AS CRAZY DOES    

HE IS GOING TO BE SOMEONE'S FRESH LITTLE BIOTCH IN JAIL.

1723 days ago
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CRAZY IS AS CRAZY DOES    

#77, GET YOUR STROY RIGHT, THE CHILD IN THE SECOND TRIAL SAID THAT mj NEVER TOUCHED HIM. AND I SERIOUSLY DOUBT THAT HER DID ANYTHING TO THAT CHILD IN THE FIRST TRIAL ALSO.

1723 days ago
70.

Barbara    

The fact that Daniel Bark ran is because he was facing another DUI & hit a parked car in the parking lot. He was probably breaking all speed records to elude the police. When traveling at high speeds while intoxicated disaster is imminent. Ms. Cohen, unfortunately, was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Bark saw her probably too late to avoid hitting her. Whether she had been drinking or not is not the issue. Bark hit her & because he was being persued by the police stopping would have gotten him caught. When your fleeing from the law nothing else matters. The only thing that matters is escape.

For GrandmaDynamite & others who think killing Ms. Cohen was a godsend.....if your just joking, it shows that you have apathy towards people. Bet if it was you or one of your loved ones killed by Bark, you would be screaming for his blood.

As for the suicide watch-he knows he killed someone. As to whether its guilt or not wanting to spend time in prison only he knows the reason for wanting to take his own life. It boils down to that he can't or won't take responsibility for his actions.

IF YOU CAN'T DO THE TIME, DON'T DO THE CRIME!!!!

1723 days ago
71.

carly b.    

Did he hit her? He says yes. Did he leave? He says yes. GUILTY as charged! End of conversation.

1721 days ago
72.

NateGriffin    

a friend of mine told me that i guy "hit that". is it true, tmz? did a guy actually have sex with her? did he "hit that"?

1721 days ago
73.

NateGriffin    

do you need a hug? (people typing in all caps)

1721 days ago
74.

NateGriffin    

can i hit that? i needs some white women.

large black single male

1720 days ago
75.

NateGriffin    

she really "hit" that "C" note off american idol

C = c#ck

1720 days ago
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