FOND DU LAC - Authorities say drugs were found in the system of a Hilbert man accused of killing two motorcyclists in Fond du Lac County. Tests found Clinton Lovelace used oxycodone and marijuana.
Lovelace is charged with 12 counts, including two for vehicular homicide with a controlled substance. He pleaded not guilty during a hearing Friday morning.
Lovelace now faces nearly 150 years in prison after prosecutors amended the charges against him in court Friday morning. Lovelace allegedly crossed the centerline of Highway 151 in Fond du Lac County with his car, striking 10 out of a group of 12 motorcyclists. They were members of the club known as the Muskegon Motorcycle Gang.
District attorney Dan Kaminsky says the new charges reflect new information from the investigation.
"When you have people who have alcohol or drug abuse problems, it bleeds out of their personal lives and into the lives of others and that is what happened or appears to have happened in this case," said Kaminsky.
Kaminsky says Lovelace was found with small amounts of oxycodone and marijuana in his system, but says he's not sure what factor the drugs played in the crash.
"Certainly prior use of any medication has side effects and lingering effects, if you mix medication it could compound the effects and there could be grogginess involved but that is all speculation at this point," Kaminsky said.
Kaminsky says Lovelace has a valid prescription for oxycodone and the levels in his blood were within the legal limit. Lovelace's attorney asked the judge for a competency hearing, claiming Lovelace does not remember anything from the crash. The judge granted that request and set a date for the hearing in September.
The last two motorcyclists injured in that crash are now back home in Michigan. They were released from Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah earlier this month.
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