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Cordle Arraigned on Vehicular Homicide Charge; Admitted to Crash Online
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- A man who posted an online video to admit responsibility for a fatal drunk driving crash pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide Wednesday afternoon, though that plea is expended to change in the near future.
Common Pleas Court Judge Julie Lynch set a $255,000 bail amount for Matthew Cordle, who was allegedly drunk when he crashed into a vehicle driven by Vincent Canzani in June, 2013. Canzani died of his his injuries.
Cordle, 22, is expected to change his plea to guilty when he appears in front of Judge David Fais on September 18. His lawyers have denied that they pleaded not guilty in front of Lynch in hopes of securing a more lenient sentence from another judge.
"He's taking responsibility for what he's doing," attorney George Breitmayer said of Cordle. "He doesn't want any appearance of favoritism, or [that] he sought out a particular judge."
Cordle first appeared in court on Tuesday, but his arraignment was postponed after it became apparent that he would not plead guilty in front of Judge Lynch. He will not post bond while he awaits his next hearing, according to his attorneys.
Cordle achieved national notoriety after appearing in a video posted to YouTube in early September, in which he admitted to drinking alcohol on the night of the crash before driving the wrong way on I-670 and slamming into Canzani's vehicle.
Cordle's lawyers would neither confirm nor deny that they previously asked Lynch if she would impose a lenient sentence on their client.