â†µIf Stallworth is tried -- or when he is tried -- he'll have to be tried in Miami-Dade county accused of hitting a 59-year-old crane operator named Miguel Reyes, a "family man" who came from Cuba to Miami for the standard deal: a better life, opportunities for his children, etc. Reyes had worked all night and was trying to catch a bus home when Stallworth allegedly struck him and killed him; the ghastly aftermath can be viewed here, where video shows a stone-faced Stallworth receiving field sobriety tests from Miami PD while paramedics work over Reyes' body. â†µâ†µ
â†µI'm no attorney, but the following things can be placed in the highly likely category: Stallworth was allegedly legally drunk, there's video of the accident's horrific aftermath, and a crime involving a hardworking Cuban victim could be tried against a highly-paid athlete in Dade County. Legally speaking, this is nightmare territory of the ninth degree. Unless there's some kind of legal kung-fu we're not aware of, Stallworth should plea and plea fast if he hopes to come out of this with a dime left to his name. After all: after the criminal case is long settled, Stallworth could face a civil case for his role in Reyes' death, and that's where the financial damage really starts. â†µ
â†µThings could be worse for Stallworth, though. He could have been the one hit by a drunk driver leaving South Beach at seven in the morning and killed. â†µâ†µ
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