DUI Driver Arrested For Second Degree Murder

A California Highway Patrol investigation led to the arrest of 25-yea5r-old Kenneth Jerome Blow, Jr. on second degree murder charges. The charge is related to a DUI fatal accident on Highway 330 last June 22. (Photo by Michael P. Neufeld)

By Michael P. Neufeld

San Bernardino, CA – A Lakewood man faces second degree murder charges related to a DUI fatality on Highway 330.

Rebecca Leigh Green (Contributed Photo)

Kenneth Jerome Blow, Jr, 25, was driving a 2002 Ford Focus southbound on Highway 330 on June 22, 2012, when the vehicle rolled over ejecting an 18-year-old female passenger — Rebecca Leigh Green from Lakewood. She was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident about 6:60 p.m.

At the time, Blow was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage.

ADDITIONAL INVESTIGATION

The California Highway Patrol determined, through additional investigation, that Blow was involved in 2009 in a prior fatal collision and was convicted at the time of felony DUI. During Blow’s sentencing he was read the “Watson Amendment,” stating he could be tried for second degree murder should he repeat the offense, according to a CHP news release.

On January 16, Judge John Martin issued a warrant for Blow’s arrest at the request of the San Bernardino County District Attorney.

THE ARREST AND BOOKING

On Monday, February 4, at 10:05 a.m., Blow was apprehended at a residence in the 1300 block of South Broadacres Avenue in Compton. The warrant service and arrest involved the California Highway Patrol, United States Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force, Los Angles Police Department officers, and U.S. Marshall’s.

The Arrowhead CHP office took Blow into custody where he was further questioned. He was then transported to the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga where he was booked at 6:33 p.m. on February 4.

THE ARRAIGNMENT

Judge Kenneth Barr arraigned Blow on Tuesday, February 5, on the following felony charges:

* Penal Code 187 (a) – Murder

* Penal Code 191.5 – Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated

* Vehicle Code 23153 (a) – DUI Causing Bodily Injury

* Vehicle Code 23153 (b) – DUI Causing Bodily Injury

* Vehicle Code 10851 (a) – Vehicle Theft

A single misdemeanor charge of driving while license was suspended for driving under the influence was also filed (Vehicle Code M14601.2(A).

The court entered a plea of not guilty to all counts and the defendant denied special allegations. A request to be released on his own recognizance was denied.

Judge Barr set bail at $1.2 million.

NEXT COURT APPEARANCES

A pre-preliminary hearing was set for Thursday, February 14, at 8:30 a.m. in Department S-22. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. in Department S-22 on Tuesday, February 19.

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