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Juror says: "No winners" in Locane-Bovenizer verdict

Nov 29, 2012

According to sources close to the drunk driving trial of former Melrose Place star Amy Locane-Bovenizer, there were no winners as jurors announced their verdicts earlier this week.

Locane-Bovenizer, who appeared regularly during the first season on the once-popular drama in the 1990s, was convicted on charges of vehicular homicide and assault by automobile earlier this week by a jury hearing the case for the last few weeks. Jurors were split and acquitted the former actress on charges of aggravated manslaughter. She now faces up to 10 years in prison and was sent from the courtroom on Tuesday in handcuffs after a New Jersey Superior Court judge revoked her bail. Locane-Bovenizer faced up to 30 years in prison if she were convicted on all charges. 

The former actress was accused of driving drunk on June 27, 2010, in Montgomery Township, N.J., when she collided with a vehicle driven by Fred and Helene Seeman. The crash killed Helene and seriously injured her husband, Fred. The couple was turning onto the driveway of their home, crossing the lane in which Locane-Bovenizer was driving. Details on the incident noted that Locane-Bovenizer was completely unaware of what she had done once emergency responders were able to track her down. 

The fatal accident was one of the final incidents in a dangerous path Locane-Bovenizer traveled that day and she still faces charges on at least nine other incidents in two New Jersey municipalities. The former actress claims she was being followed by a woman she had previously rear-ended with her vehicle when she struck the Seeman's vehicle. 

Reports from the scene clocked Locane-Bovenizer's SUV at 53 miles-per-hour in the zone marked for 35 at the time of the accident. She was found about an hour after the accident in a ditch away from the scene of the accident. 

Most of the people in the courtroom for the decision this week were classified as supporters of the former actress, according to a report from the courtroom from The (Newark) Star-Ledger newspaper. Fred Seeman could not be reached for comment by the source for his reaction to the verdict. One juror told reporters, "There were no winners," as a result of their decision and called it, "a sad end to a tragic story."

Locane-Bovenizer still faces civil charges in connection with that accident. He is being represented in that lawsuit by the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP. 

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