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“Angel Of Death” Trial Underway

Trial is under way for a former U-C Santa Barbara student charged with running down and killing four people with his car. A fifth was injured.

In opening statements yesterday, a lawyer for David Attias described his client as an emotionally troubled young man who can´t remember what happened the night of the February 2001 crash. Police say Attias raced his car down a crowded Isla Vista street and, after plowing into the pedestrians, got out of the vehicle and shouted that he was the “angel of death.´´ If convicted, Attias, the son of television director Daniel Attias, could be sentenced to life in prison without parole.