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Hearing due to begin Monday in Sand Canyon street racing case

Posted: February 21, 2013 3:44 p.m.
Updated: February 21, 2013 3:44 p.m.

A preliminary hearing is expected to get under way Monday for two men described as street racers charged with murder in a fatal crash that killed a friend, a court clerk said Thursday.

Colt Sean Doherty, 20, and Thomas Joseph Vensko, 20, both of Canyon Country, appeared in San Fernando Superior Court Thursday morning 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 Monday for the first day of their 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 possible 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.

Vensko was believed to be driving the car that Doherty was allegedly racing.

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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