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Driver Charged in Crash That Killed King Witness

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The driver of the car in which a witness in the Rodney G. King case was killed last month was charged Monday with vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving, Deputy Dist. Atty. David R. Disco said.

Robert Gilliam, 26, of Altadena will be arraigned July 29 in Pasadena Municipal Court on charges stemming from the deaths of Freddie Helms and Bobbie Dixon, both 20-year-old Altadena residents and passengers in Gilliam’s car when it crashed.

Helms was a passenger in King’s car March 3, and witnessed King’s beating by police after a traffic stop in Lake View Terrace. The district attorney’s office has said that Helms’ death is not expected to affect its case against four Los Angeles Police Department officers charged with assault and excessive force.

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