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Preliminary hearing set in Sand Canyon street racing death

2 Canyon Country residents charged with second-degree murder in death of friend

Posted: January 22, 2013 10:54 a.m.
Updated: January 22, 2013 10:54 a.m.

A memorial for Dakota DeMott is seen at the site where he was killed in a crash in 2012.

A preliminary hearing was set Tuesday for two men identified as street racers charged with murder in connection with a fatal crash that claimed the life of their friend a year ago, a court clerk said.

Colt Sean Doherty, 19, and Thomas Joseph Vensko, 20, both of Canyon Country, appeared in San Fernando Superior Court on Tuesday on suspicion of second-degree murder in the death of Dakota DeMott, 19, also of Canyon Country.

They were ordered to appear back in court next month for a preliminary hearing, the clerk said. During that hearing, prosecutors will present evidence in the case, and the defense can respond, after which the judge will decide if the case should go to trial.

If it goes to trial and the two men are convicted, each faces a state prison sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Doherty, who remains in custody with bail set at $1 million, is also charged with one count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and one count of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs causing injury.

Vensko, who was released from custody in November after posting $100,000 bail, is also charged with vehicular manslaughter.

DeMott died when the Ford Mustang in which he was riding slammed into a tree on Sand Canyon Road at Alamo Canyon Road in Canyon Country. Doherty is believed to be the driver of that car.

In August, prosecutors with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office identified the pair as “street racers” when they charged them with second-degree murder.
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