ANSORGE CASE INCHES FORWARD

A trial in the DWI fatality case against Red Bank Red Hot publisher Claudia Ansorge may be scheduled for January or February, her attorney said this morning, following a procedural hearing in Red Bank Municipal Court.

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Attorney Peter O’Mara of Little Silver updated Judge William Himelman on the status of requests for evidence he’s seeking as part of the defense. He’s made arrangements to obtain a videotape of Ansorge made by Red Bank Police following the April, 2006 incident, and is awaiting paperwork related to a State Police analysis of a blood sample given by Ansorge after the accident.

Borough Prosecutor James Butler was not present this morning, O’Mara said.

Ansorge was charged with driving while intoxicated in the crash, which killed 59-year-old pedestrian Robert Lisowsky of Brick. Lisowsky was struck by Ansorge’s car as he crossed East Front Street near Riverview Medical Center, where he worked as a plumber, and died several days later.

A Monmouth County grand jury declined last April to indict Ansorge, returning the case to the borough court. O’Mara says his client’s blood-alcohol level was below the legal limit of .08 percent, and that evidence shows that Lisowsky was inebriated when he was hit.

Another pretrial conference has been scheduled for Dec. 13, O’Mara said.

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