NFL receiver Stallworth charged with DUI manslaughter

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth has been charged with DUI manslaughter
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth was charged in Florida on Wednesday with killing a pedestrian while driving under the influence, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade County state attorney’s office said.

Authorities charged Stallworth, 28, with DUI manslaughter in the death of Mario Reyes, said the spokesman, Ed Griffith. Stallworth is expected to surrender in court Thursday, Griffith said. The charge is a bondable offense, and bail is expected to be set at $200,000. According to Griffith, Stallworth’s blood-alcohol level after last month’s accident was measured at 0.126 percent, higher than the state’s legal limit of 0.08 percent. Stallworth released a statement four days after the incident saying he and his family were “grief-stricken.” “My thoughts and prayers are with the Reyes family during this incredibly difficult time,” he said. If convicted, Stallworth could face up to 15 years in prison. Read the affidavit (PDF)

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The state attorney’s office said Stallworth was driving a Bentley east on the MacArthur Causeway, which connects Miami, Florida, to the South Beach area of Miami Beach, around 7:15 a.m. March 14 when he struck and killed Reyes, a construction worker. Reyes, 59, was heading to a bus stop after leaving work, CNN affiliate WSVN reported. The affiliate said Stallworth cooperated with police, submitting to the field sobriety test and a blood test. Stallworth, a former University of Tennessee player, has also played professionally for the New England Patriots, the New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles.