Judge Says Venice Boardwalk Rampage Suspect Will Stand Trial
Posted Jan. 9, 2014, 8:42 am
Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief
Venice boardwalk rampage suspect Nathan Louis Campbell, a 38-year-old transient from Colorado, will have to stand trial on murder and other charges.
On Wednesday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Antonio Barreto Jr. found sufficient evidence that Campbell must stand trial for murder, but the prosecution agreed to drop seven other counts of leaving the scene of an accident, and the judge dismissed one more, according to reports.
A new arraignment is scheduled at the LAX branch courthouse on Jan. 22.
Campbell pleaded not guilty Aug. 6, 2013 to one count of murder, 16 counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and 17 counts of hit-and-run.
Campbell is accused of plowing into crowds in a Dodge Avenger near The Candle Café on Ocean Front Walk in Venice, killing Italian tourist Alice Gruppioni and injuring 16 other people.
The incident began at about 6 pm Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 when Campbell began his rampage in the 100 block of Dudley Avenue before turning onto Ocean Front Walk and driving south.
Video of the incident shows the driver of the car seeming to purposely aim at pedestrians as he swerved on and off the curb.
The suspect abandoned the car about two miles away at Ocean Park Boulevard and Beverly Avenue in Santa Monica before turning himself in at the Santa Monica Police Department at about 8 pm Saturday.
Campbell was allegedly living in his car with a history of minor run-ins with the law including convictions dating back to 2002 for drunkenness in public and lighting an illegal fire, according to reports.