Breaking News: Judge refuses to drop charges against Penny Granich

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By Carol A. Clark

SANTA FE – The jury left the room before attorney Mark Donatelli asked District Judge Michael Vigil late Thursday to dismiss all charges against his client Penny Granich.

The 35-year-old Los Alamos woman is charged with vehicular homicide, reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Prosecutor Carlos Gutierrez spoke against Donatelli’s request after spending the entire week laying out his case that Penny drove her husband Thomas Edward Granich into a 350-foot canyon near Overlook Park in White Rock early on Dec. 4, 2005.

“The reckless (charge) is not only speeding but coming off the road, going over dirt and rocks and bushes … I’m not saying she intentionally went off the cliff but this defendant is familiar with the area – she got married there,” Gutierrez told Vigil.

After listening to Donatelli and Gutierrez argue their points without the jury present, Vigil said, “The court will allow all three counts to go to the jury.”

Read the full story in Friday's Los Alamos Monitor.