Venice Car Rampage Suspect Pleads Not Guilty At Airport Court
Nathan Campbell, accused of ramming pedestrians on the Venice boardwalk over the weekend and killing one, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to one count of murder, 16 counts of assault with a deadly weapon and 17 counts of hit-and-run.
Campbell was in custody in front of Airport Court felony arraignment judge Keith Schwartz who set bail at $1.48 million. Campbell is currently being represented by a Los Angeles County Public Defender who told press he does not believe his client intended to kill anyone.
For those unfamiliar with this incident, Campbell was arrested after police say he intentionally drove his car around barriers on the Venice boardwalk and aimed his car at pedestrians. One woman was killed as a result of the impact.
It has since been discovered that Campbell has had arrests in Colorado and Florida for shoplifting and reckless drivings under the influence of alcohol. Further details reveal that Campbell may have been living out of his car and has ties with the homeless community in Malibu.
Campbell is facing some serious charges at the Airport Courthouse and, if convicted, could be facing life in prison.
If you have been arrested for assault with a deadly weapon or hit and run in the Airport Courthouse, it is important for you to consult with an attorney before making any statements to the police or other law enforcement personnel. Communicating (through your attorney) with law enforcement and the prosecutor’s office early may help you either avoid having any charges filed against you or get a reduction in what would have been originally charged. Sometimes hit-and-run’s can be resolved through a civil compromise which permanently suspend criminal proceedings against the accused.
Serious charges requires a serious criminal defense attorney. If you have been charged with a crime in the Airport Court, CCB, Criminal Courts Building, Pasadena Court or any other court in Los Angeles County, contact attorney Ross Erlich 24/7 for a free case consultation.