Lawyers for Henry Ruggs III battle to retain medical documents from prosecutors

LAS VEGAS — Attorneys for previous Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III are preventing to maintain his health care documents away from prosecutors charging him with driving less than the affect in a fiery car or truck crash that killed a lady previously this month.

Currently going through felony DUI ensuing in dying and reckless driving prices, Ruggs, who did not appear in person in courtroom Wednesday, was also hit with added felony DUI and reckless driving prices and a misdemeanor charge for possession of a firearm even though intoxicated. The extra prices would mean additional jail time for Ruggs if convicted.

“The evidence supports a next felony DUI demand,” Clark County District Legal professional Steve Wolfson instructed reporters. “We consider that Mr. Ruggs’ girlfriend [Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington] was significantly wounded, and beneath Nevada legislation, if one is considerably injured in a DUI collision as a result of the defendant’s steps, we can file a second cost.”

Questioned how a great deal time Ruggs could be dealing with if convicted on all five costs, Wolfson replied, “The bare minimum amount, in fact, would be two years in jail, up to as considerably as somewhere in the 50-[years] selection. These are nonprobationable offenses. So the felony DUI charges, if Mr. Ruggs is convicted, he cannot get probation. He ought to get a jail sentence.”

Ruggs, 22, is accused of driving 156 mph with a blood alcohol content material 2 times the legal limit in Nevada when his 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray slammed into the rear of Tina Tintor’s 2013 Toyota RAV4, which burst into flames, at 3:40 a.m. Nov. 2. Tintor and her canine had been both of those killed in the crash. The 23-calendar year-old’s funeral is scheduled for Thursday.

“I have been accomplishing this for 40 several years, and I can inform every and just about every one of you that I have had several ordeals exactly where the info that have been presented at the outset of the scenario turned out not to be the details,” Ruggs’ legal professional David Chesnoff claimed. “So that is why I retain expressing, ‘Please will not prejudge, let us do the get the job done in the courtroom.’ The point out, the prosecutor will do theirs, and that is when the specifics will be established.”

Chesnoff and authorized partner Richard Schonfeld cited condition privateness legislation as they experimented with to persuade the choose to quickly block entry to Ruggs’ health-related records, expressing state legislation supersedes federal health documents privacy requirements.

Legal professional Peter Christensen obtained the exact same short-term block on behalf of Kilgo-Washington, who was a passenger in Ruggs’ auto and reportedly underwent medical procedures on an arm immediately after the crash.

The judge set a Dec. 8 listening to to choose whether Ruggs’ and/or Kilgo-Washington’s clinical records have to be turned about to police and prosecutors, which would be the important to the added felony expenses Ruggs is struggling with. A Dec. 16 preliminary listening to of proof was also set to figure out whether Ruggs will deal with demo in state court.

Ruggs posted $150,000 bail final 7 days and is less than household arrest with rigid problems — he is getting monitored electronically can not generate or eat liquor, which includes staying examined four occasions for each working day for alcohol and had to give up his passport — as his felony case proceeds.

Ruggs — who was the 1st draft pick in the team’s heritage following it relocated to Las Vegas, taken in the initially round of the 2020 draft at No. 12 — was produced by the team significantly less than 24 hrs following the crash.

The Raiders also launched Damon Arnette, who was drafted seven spots right after Ruggs, on Monday after video clip surfaced on social media of the cornerback waving a gun and threatening to kill anyone. Only 3 of the Raiders’ 7 picks from the 2020 draft stay on the workforce.

The Connected Press contributed to this report.

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