Trial in DUI death of Kingman teen set

Offer of plea deal rejected

Delbert Brechler

Delbert Brechler

KINGMAN - A motorist charged with the drunk driving death of a 17-year-old Kingman resident in a July 21 crash will go on trial in June.

Superior Court Judge Rick Williams set a trial date in his court of 9:30 a.m. June 9 for Delbert Brechler, 46, as a small group of the teen's friends and family members watched the proceeding.

If convicted at trial, Brechler could be sentenced to up to 36 years in prison. Brechler recently decided to take his chances with a trial instead of accepting an offer from the state to settle the case for no more than 15 years.

Brechler faces charges of manslaughter by DUI and aggravated assault by DUI in the death of Cody Raymond, who died several hours after an allegedly intoxicated Brechler rear-ended the 1990 Ford pickup Raymond was driving on Route 66 at milepost 59.

Brechler was behind the wheel of a 1998 Volvo driving at least the 55 mph limit when he struck the rear of Raymond's truck. According to the state, a blood test determined Brechler's blood alcohol concentration was 0.206. The legal limit is 0.08.

The state offered Brechler seven to 15 years if he pleaded guilty to manslaughter in Raymond's death and five to 10 years if he also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. The second charge relates to injuries reportedly sustained by Raymond's passenger, Jesse Selder. Brechler was uninjured.

If given the maximum penalty, Brechler could receive 21 years on the manslaughter charge and 15 years for aggravated assault. To get the maximum sentences, the state would have to show aggravating factors exist. Brechler has a previous DUI conviction in the last seven years.