A June 25 trial date was set today for a man accused of getting behind the wheel while drunk and killing a pedestrian in a Pacific Beach crosswalk.
Alan Lester Mabrey, who has seven prior DUI convictions from Texas and Colorado, faces second-degree murder and other charges stemming from with the Feb. 7 death of 24-year-old Emily Dowdy.
Mabrey could be sentenced to 15 years to life behind bars if convicted of the murder charge, plus an additional seven to nine years if found guilty of other charges, including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, hit-and-run causing death, DUI causing death and driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or higher.
Mabrey's blood-alcohol level was measured at .22 percent -- nearly three times the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle -- about 90 minutes after the 7:20 p.m. accident that killed Dowdy, said Deputy District Attorney Patty Herian.
The 45-year-old defendant allegedly had been drinking at a nearby bar when he got into the driver's seat of his friend's truck and drove a short distance on Reed Avenue before hitting the victim as he tried to make a left turn onto Mission Boulevard.
Dowdy suffered massive head injuries and was declared brain-dead 24 hours later.
San Diego police Officer Blake Cheary testified at a preliminary hearing last month that Mabrey admitted driving the Dodge truck and knowing he hit someone.
After the accident, Mabrey said he walked into the roadway to check on the victim, then went into a nearby Burger King to "get a burger" because "when he gets nervous, he gets hungry," the officer testified.
Outside court today, Herian said the facts of the case paint a very tragic picture of what happened that night.
"This entire case is a tragedy," the prosecutor told reporters.
Mabrey will be back in court June 17 for a readiness conference.
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