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Driver who killed honeymooner at L.A. beach seeks new trial


LOS ANGELES >> The driver who killed a honeymooner on the tourist-crowded Venice Beach boardwalk and injured 17 others is seeking a new trial.

Nathan Campbell is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in a Los Angeles courtroom for second-degree murder and other charges.

The sentencing could be postponed because Campell’s lawyer says he will ask a judge to give the 40-year-old Colorado man a new trial.

Campbell was convicted in June of murdering Italian newlywed Alice Gruppioni two years ago when he drove his Dodge Avenger down the pedestrian walkway.

Prosecutors say he was trying to run down a man who ripped him off in a drug deal, but he hit innocent bystanders instead.

The defense acknowledged the carnage he left behind, but argued that he swerved to avoid pedestrians.

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