LANCASTER – The preliminary hearing has been postponed to next week for an alleged drunk driver accused of causing a crash that killed a Lancaster woman and critically injured the woman’s husband.
Jodi Lynn Biers, 28, appeared in court Wednesday before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Christopher Estes for a scheduled preliminary hearing.
Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, Robert E. Haberer, took over the case as of Wednesday and requested that the preliminary hearing be postponed to allow him time to prepare. Judges Estes agreed to continue the preliminary hearing to Thursday, April 19, 2012.
Biers is facing one count of murder, one count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, one count of driving under the influence and causing injury, and one count of driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher.
Authorities said Biers was driving with a blood alcohol level of .226, nearly three times the legal limit, when her pickup truck collided with another vehicle around 12:54 a.m. on March 13, instantly killing Angelica Goins-Jones and leaving Patrick Jones clinging to life at Antelope Valley Hospital.
Biers was originally charged with manslaughter, but charges were later upgraded to murder.
Wednesday, Biers was ordered to appear in court on April 19 for her preliminary hearing and then remanded back into custody on $1 million bail.
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*Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article gave an incorrect age for Jodi Biers. Biers is 28 years old. We apologize for the error. Many thanks to Natalie for pointing out the error in the comments section.