Man arrested for killing American Idol auditioner pleads out, won’t be charged with her death

American Idol 7 auditioner Alexis Cohen was killed when a man fleeing police hit her, and now that man has agreed to a plea bargain that means he won’t be charged with her death in any way.

The Asbury Park Press reports that Daniel Bark, 25, “pleaded guilty Monday to eluding police and drunken driving in a plea bargain in which additional charges related to the hit-and-run death of an American Idol hopeful will be dismissed.” Specifically, prosecutors will drop charges of “aggravated manslaughter, death by auto and knowingly leaving the scene of a fatal accident.”

While he confessed to police, his lawyer says there’s no evidence he killed her, and the confession was thrown out because, the paper reports, police “did not advise Bark of his rights to remain silent and have an attorney present during questioning before they began interrogating him about Cohen’s death.”

A different attorney who represented him when he was arrested told a newspaper in 2009 that Bark was on suicide watch because he was “having an extremely difficult time mentally coming to terms with the fact there’s an allegation that he caused a death. His family wants the victim’s family to know their heart-felt condolences go out to the victim.”

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