Friday, October 17, 2008

California prison inmate turned millionaire dies in DUI accident - 3 times the limit.

California DUI attorneys at report that DeWayne McKinney, a former California prison inmate turned millionaire, was driving with a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit last week when he was killed in a moped accident in Hawaii, Honolulu's chief medical examiner said Thursday.

McKinney, 47, was killed shortly after midnight Oct. 7 when he crashed his moped into a pole and was thrown to the asphalt. He died from multiple internal injuries, said Dr. Kanthi Dealwis.

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Tests revealed that McKinney had a blood-alcohol content of 0.22%.

In 2000, McKinney was released from prison after Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas concluded that he'd been wrongly convicted of a 1980 robbery-murder at a Burger King in Orange.

McKinney received $1 million in a settlement with the Orange Police Department and parlayed it into a multimillion dollar ATM business on the Hawaiian islands.

He installed bank machines in restaurants, bars and shopping malls, profiting each time a customer paid a convenience fee. He bought an ocean-view home in Honolulu, a boat and other luxuries.

In the months after his release, he expressed no anger or bitterness about his wrongful conviction.

Instead, he spoke at churches about the faith that carried him through his 19 years in prison. He appeared at anti-death penalty conferences and told his story.

But he also struggled with alcoholism, friends said.

"I'm so sad, because he only had eight years of life," said Nancy Clark, an Orange County woman who runs treatment programs for recovering alcoholics and drug abusers. Touched by the story of McKinney's wrongful conviction, Clark gave him a free apartment in which to live after his release.

Considering the horrors McKinney endured in prison, she said, it's not surprising that he turned to alcohol.

The last time Clark saw McKinney was at an anti-death penalty event in Los Angeles. He was drinking heavily that night.

San Diego California Criminal Defense Attorney Rick Mueller recently spoke at the California Attorneys For Criminal Justice annual DUI seminar in Rancho Mirage, California: . The California criminal defense lawyers who attended indicated to the President of the California DUI Lawyers Association that San Diego California DUI criminal defense lawyer Rick Mueller's presentation and materials were excellent. Rick has been asked to speak again - at the California DUI Lawyers Association (CDLA) DUI seminar.

San Diego DUI Lawyer Rick Mueller is known as the "DMV Guru" by the Bar Association.

Specially recognized as a Contributor to the California Drunk Driving Law book, he is now the San Diego DUI Editorial Consultant for the most comprehensive reference book for California DUI law. Known as California's bible for DUI defense, authored by Ed Kuwatch, Paul Burglin and Barry Simons, the book features some of San Diego DUI attorney Rick Mueller's hard work.

San Diego drunk driving lawyer Rick Mueller is a Specialist Member of the California DUI Attorneys Association (formerly the Association of California Deuce Defenders). He is also a member of the National College for DUI Defense and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

San Diego DUI Attorney Rick Mueller speaks at Strategies in Handling DUI Cases seminars, at the DUI & Drug Defense seminar at the San Diego Bar Building, at the North San Diego County Bar Association's Drunk Driving - DMV seminars, and at the Public Defender's Office DMV - DUI Training seminars. His DMV - DUI work is also featured in the Association of California Deuce Defenders' materials. Since 1983, DUI Lawyer Rick Mueller has actively defended these cases. San Diego DUI Attorney Rick Mueller is in Good Standing with the State Bar (#114305).

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