Preliminary hearing postponed in DUI/murder case

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.

See previous related news stories:

Biers charged with murder, bail raised to $1 million in alleged DUI crash

Alleged DUI driver pleads not guilty, family grieves victims


*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.

  9 comments for “Preliminary hearing postponed in DUI/murder case

  1. Nichole
    December 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Omg murder are you kidding me?!?? It was a mistake an accident she feels horrible and not only has this ruined her life she has to live with this forever and why the hell does it matter about a photo of her, whoever said murder is a dumbass. That will never be approved by a jury. She made a mistake did something horrible and has no life now. Screw off with all the bs, but yourself in her shoes!!! Everybody is so quick to judge shut the hell up!! Hope she gets several years learns her lesson then goes to do whatever she can to fix what she’s ruined, I’m sorry to the family but stfu with this murder bs!

  2. T
    April 19, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Is there an update on todays Preliminary hearing?

  3. Luis Luna Jr
    April 12, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    CAn you guys get a photo of Jodi?

    • April 12, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      The Sheriff’s Dept. has declined to release the booking photo for Jodi Biers. If that changes, we will be sure to obtain the photo and release it with future stories. Otherwise, we may get a photo of her in court once the case moves past the preliminary stage. Thanks for reading!

      • What What
        April 12, 2012 at 10:55 pm

        Thats probably because she is a Law Enforcement Officer for the State of California. From what I’ve heard.

        • T
          April 13, 2012 at 1:23 pm

          She is a forest fighter. I know what she looks like. I was at the seen of the accident.

        • April 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm

          Maybe so, but she was a criminal that night…

        • ert
          April 14, 2012 at 8:29 pm

          How do you get “Law Enforcement Officer for the State of California”, when all the articles clearly state that she’s firefighter with the United States Forest Service? Has nothing to do with law enforcement or the State. So many morons out there….

  4. Natalie
    April 12, 2012 at 6:45 am

    So is Biers 26 or 28? Two other articles show her as 28.

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