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Allen Matkins Partner Pleads Not Guilty in DUI Manslaughter Case

Posted May 2, 2011 4:40 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A partner in the San Francisco office of Allen Matkins has pleaded not guilty in a drunken-driving and vehicular manslaughter case brought over the death of an 85-year-old neighbor.

After the Dec. 2 accident, Robert David Wyatt, 70, was tested and allegedly found to have a blood-alcohol level more than double the legal limit as he drove his Bentley home from a restaurant through a Walnut Creek gated senior community, reports the Contra Costa Times.

His lawyer, William Gagen, says Wyatt was devastated by the death of Edward Philllps. At issue in the case, explains Gagen, is whether an unimpaired driver would have been able to see Phillips, who was reportedly standing in the roadway awaiting a bus.

"Mr. Phillips was not in a place that you'd expect a person to be," said Gagen.

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