Jason Adams trial delayed

Trial for Jason Adams delayed

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The trial date for the local man accused of killing his passenger in a Lamborghini crash gets delayed.

The prosecution asked for more time to prepare its case against Jason Adams. The state wants a chance to re-test Adams' DNA.

Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Robin Pittman granted the second test after the defense asked her to throw out the initial blood sample taken after the May 2016 car accident. Defense attorney David Courcelle says there's conflicting testimony as to who in the NOPD handled Adams' blood sample and brought it to the central evidence and property.

In fact, Courcelle says he's never seen a chain of custody for evidence so messed up.

Adams is charged with vehicular homicide of his passenger Kristi Lirette. Her parents were in court today and say while they're not thrilled with another delay, they want to make sure all of I's are dotted and the T's are crossed.

"We're probably looking this being delayed until summer, but I'm OK with that. You know, as long as they get it right. It can go to next summer for all I care. I just want him in jail," the victim's father Brett Lirette said.

Police say Adams admitted to speeding and drinking at a restaurant before the crash. 23-year-old Kristi Lirette died on the scene when police say Adams hit a flood wall on Tchoupitoulas Street.

Both sides return to court May 8 for a status hearing before a new trial date is set.

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