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Prosecutors Now Say Defendant in DUI Death Case Did Not Violate Bond Terms

Nicholas Sord's defense attorney will soon ask a judge for time to independently review DNA samples to provide his side of the crash that killed Jessica Mejia.

Cook County prosecutors withdrew a claim on Tuesday that , showing evidence instead that the reckless homicide defendant had a prescription for painkillers at the time of recent drug tests.

The opiates he recently tested positive for were prescribed by a doctor in November and December following hand surgeries involving pins to mend broken bones, said his attorney, Jeff Aprati.

Bryan Sord said his son fell on his left hand while exercising at Swallow Cliff in Palos Park.

Police said Sord was close to three times over the blood-alcohol limit on New Year’s Day 2010 when he lost control of his SUV near 147th Street and Oak Park Avenue, killing his 20-year-old girlfriend, Jessica Mejia, of New Lenox.

He was charged with reckless homicide and two counts of aggravated DUI and later released on a $200,000 bond that required random drug tests.

Sord returns to court on Feb. 16, when Aprati is expected to argue for an independent analysis of blood and hair samples collected from Sord’s car on the day of the crash.

Aprati contends Mejia interfered with Sord’s driving, causing the accident, and that the position of her blood and hair in the car will back up that claim.

The Mejia family is also suing Sord and various bar owners, as well as the Cook County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly .

The first round of depositions with a sheriff’s deputy who took crime scene photographs was slated to begin Tuesday, according to Telly Nakos, an attorney for the family.

Updated Feb. 1

Baba Wawa February 05, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Interesting, yes. Shameful? Not really. You are right -- it is a defense attorney's job to defend his client, no matter how heinous the crime, to ensure they get a fair trial. The Brown's Chicken killers had attorneys. John Wayne Gacy had attorneys. Sixth Amendment.
Mike July 27, 2012 at 07:06 AM
I played hockey with nick he's a good kid he just made the wrong choice this will all get settled in court so go on with your meaningless lives
lvent July 27, 2012 at 08:16 AM
Psst...Baba Wawa....tell your owners you blew your cover......You are way to protective of the judiciary to be anything other than a troll. Your attempts to cover up for crimes of the judiciary are obvious and despicable. Remember.....INTENT TO DECEIVE IS CRIMINAL....YOU COULD BE PROSECUTED UNDER THE RICO ACT 18 U.S.C..........IMHO.....BY LYING YOU ARE ENGAGING IN A CRIMINAL COVER UP TO ALLOW FRAUD TO CONTINUE........THAT LYING AND ENGAGING CONSTITUTES A CAUSE OF ACTION AND STATES A CLAIM....YOU ARE RACKETEERING ....THAT IS A PREDICATE ACT BY COMMITTING FRAUD TO ALLOW FRAUD TO CONTINUE.....THERE ONLY NEEDS TO BE 5 ELEMENTS PROVEN IN A CIVIL RICO ACTION......THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE WATCHING YOU. RICO ACTION.... I AM WATCHING YOU.
lvent July 27, 2012 at 08:31 AM
You Susan White, are a despicable human being to say the least, for insinuating these victims are money hungry. They have every right to sue anyone and everyone that may have contributed to the death of their daughter. If the Court finds these bar owners were reckless and negligent then they should pay for that. Any descent human being knows money can never replace a loved one but if these bar owners are found to have contributed in any way to this girls death contributed to this family's pain and they should feel some pain.
lvent July 27, 2012 at 08:52 AM
Welcome to Crook County.....! The place where if you have money and/or connections, you can buy your way into or out of anything. That's why our roads and infrastructure look like shit...and all of the policemen's and fireman's pension money and the Medicare money is "MISSING." The cronies used it as their own personal credit card and stole it all. Mayor Daley said there is going to have to be a huge property tax increase .......well into the billions by 2015, in order to pay for all of the "MISSING" fireman's and policeman's pension money...EVERYONE PAYS FOR FRAUD SOONER OR LATER.

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