Man Charged With Tapout Co-Founder Death Still in Jail

March 27, 2009
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Jeffrey D. Kirby, the man held in the death of TapouT co-founder Charles Lewis after a violent car accident in Newport Beach earlier this month, was granted a second continuance on his arraignment by an Orange County judge on Friday.

On March 13, the 51 year-old Costa Mesa resident was charged with one felony count of vehicular manslaughter by unlawful act with gross negligence while intoxicated, one felony count of driving under the influence causing bodily injury, and sentencing enhancements for fleeing the scene of a vehicular manslaughter and causing great bodily injury to multiple victims.

His arraignment was granted a first continuance on March 27.

The charges against Kirby will now be heard on May 7, where he will enter a formal plea.

Kirby remains in custody at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach, Calif., where he was taken after police apprehended him attempting to flee his white Porsche a short distance from the scene of the accident. Kirby’s blood alcohol level was a reported .13 approximately two hours after the crash, well above the state’s legal limit of .08. His bail remains at $500,000.

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