Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth was charged Wednesday with
killing a pedestrian last month while driving drunk after a night out at a South Beach nightspot
in Miami Beach, Florida. Stallworth signed a seven-year, $35 million contract
with the Browns before last season but was injured much of the year. He
previously played for New England, Philadelphia and New Orleans.
An arrest warrant charging Stallworth, 28, with
DUI manslaughter was filed in the March 14 accident that killed a 59-year-old construction
crane operator who was trying to catch a bus home after finishing his
shift around 7:15 a.m.. According to results of a blood test, Stallworth's
blood-alcohol level after the crash was .126, well above the legal limit
of .08. If convicted, Stallworth would face as many as 15 years in prison.
Under California law a
manslaughter charge is based on whether the facts indicate a defendant was acting with gross
negligence in operating the vehicle, or simple negligence.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is considered to be gross negligence.