GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Harrison County judge Tuesday morning rejected the latest maneuver by the attorney for the man accused of killing the daughter of Gulfport's police chief.
Darrell Blappert's attorney, Michael Crosby, argued last week that the state's DUI statute is unconstitutional saying the punishment for killing someone while under the influence is too severe. Judge Larry Bourgeois ruled against that motion Tuesday.
Crosby has been trying to work out a plea bargain for Blappert, but said he hasn't been able to get prosecutors to agree to a sentencing recommendation of anything less than 20 years.
Blappert is accused of killing Deanna Tucker in March 2011 after being hit by a car as she left a bridal shop on Pass Road.