Thursday, July 2, 2009
Leyritz Back In Jail On Assault Charge
((HT: Miami Herald- Smiley/Lebovich))
A Broward judge said former New York Yankee Jim Leyritz ((pictured, thanks Broward County Sheriff's Office)) must stay in jail following an arrest early Thursday morning for domestic violence battery.
Leyritz had been out on bond awaiting trial for DUI manslaughter from a fatal 2007 crash. On Thursday, Broward Judge Marc Gold signed an order revoking Leyritz's pretrial release, saying his arrest violated the conditions.
Leyritz's attorney, David Bogenschutz, will ask for an emergency hearing, but said that wouldn't happen before Tuesday.
Leyritz, 45, was arrested on a charge of domestic violence battery after police were called to the home he shares with his ex-wife, Karrie Leyritz, about 2 a.m. Thursday.
Leyritz's attorney, Jeffrey Ostrow, said the two are having issues but ``there absolutely was no assault.''
''I don't think there's any legitimacy to the claims being made,'' he said. ``I think the law enforcement did what they needed to do in the circumstances.''
Karrie Leyritz gave police two different stories of what happened inside the Davie home they share with their three children, according to a Davie police report.
Jim Leyritz was cooperative with police and ''seemed to not know why the police were present,'' according to the report by Davie Officer John Strunk.
Responding officers saw Karrie Leyritz had a ½-inch cut above her left eye that was bleeding a little.
First, she said she had been drinking because she was upset after the two argued about child support. Karrie had written a check from Jim Leyritz's account and she said when he checked his account online, he discovered the check.
He became ''enraged,'' she told police and the two argued in the foyer, she said.
He hit her twice and pushed her to the ground, she said.
Police spoke with Karrie Leyritz a second time at a neighbor's house. Karrie said Jim had found out about the check and pulled her from her bed. He then pushed her against the wall, the report said, and ``the wall caused her injury.''
Officers found a spot of blood on the wall, which appeared to have been smeared by someone's hand.
''This second account of events provided by Karrie were totally different than when I first spoke to her,'' Strunk wrote in the report.
Jim Leyritz told police nothing had happened inside the home and that Karrie was angry after discovering he was trying to evict her from the home.
The children were asleep during the alleged incident. One of the children told police that Karrie and Jim Leyritz had argued earlier.
Said the child: ``Mom was drunk, and she probably hit herself again.''
About 11 a.m. Thursday, Karrie Leyritz returned to the Davie home. Her left eye swollen and a light purple color, she said she just left the hospital.
She said she couldn't discuss the incident before speaking with her attorney but she denied hitting herself.
When asked how the media coverage has affected her family, she said: ``I'm so sick of it. I can't believe you guys know this crap already.''
Leyritz's DUI trial is scheduled for Sept. 14.
On Dec. 28, 2007, Leyritz was out celebrating his 44th birthday when he allegedly ran a red light and crashed his sport utility vehicle into a car driven by Fredia Ann Veitch, who was just leaving her bartending job in Fort Lauderdale.
Blood alcohol tests later indicated both were driving drunk at the time of the 3:20 a.m. accident.
Leyritz's blood-alcohol content was 0.14 and 0.13 when he was tested three and four hours after the crash. Veitch had a blood-alcohol level of 0.18, authorities said.
If convicted, Leyritz could face a maximum of 15 years in prison.
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