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Medical Records Sought in DUI Manslaughter Case

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A DUI manslaughter case in Florida has prosecutors requesting medical records for Billy Lane. His defense says that those records are protected by confidentiality laws while the prosecution maintains that the records, including any injuries that would be indicative of Lane being the driver, are necessary for their investigation. The trial is expected to begin in early 2008.

 Billy Lane, according to police, had a blood alcohol level of 0.19 when his truck crossed a double yellow line in order to pass several vehicles and ended up striking 56-year old Sebastian Inlet park ranger Gerald Morelock’s mini motorcycle. Lane faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted on the charges.

The medical records sought by Assistant State Attorney Tom Brown may contain information regarding injuries that would point to Lane being the driver, statements Lane made about the crash including his description of it, and observations of Lane’s physical appearance as made by medical professionals. Brown would also like the results of any blood test the hospital may have performed.

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