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Venice Boardwalk Suspect Smelled Like Alcohol, Said Police

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Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, a transient from Colorado, seated left, appears with attorney Phillip Dubee in Los Angeles Superior Court Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. Campbell was charged with murder and assault for allegedly driving his car down Los Angeles' Venice Beach boardwalk, killing an Italian tourist and injuring 16 other people, on Aug. 3. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Witnesses told a Los Angeles judge that a man charged with murder in a Venice Beach boardwalk automobile rampage smelled of alcohol when he surrendered later at a police station.

A police officer testified at a preliminary hearing Wednesday that Nathan Campbell told authorities he had downed vodka after the Aug. 3 incident, which claimed the life of an Italian tourist and injured 17 others.

Superior Court Judge Antonio Barretto says he will hear more testimony Wednesday afternoon. Then he plans to adjourn Campbell's case until Jan. 2, when attorneys may make their final arguments.

After that, the judge says he will decide whether Campbell should stand trial on 37 counts, including charges of murder, assault with a deadly weapon and hit-and-run driving.

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