LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Former Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, who did not appear in court for his arraignment Wednesday morning, was formally charged with five counts in a fiery crash that killed a young woman.
Attorneys David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld showed up on Ruggs’ behalf and asked the judge to waive Ruggs’ appearance in court which was granted. No reason for the request was given.
Ruggs, 22, now is facing two felony counts of DUI causing death/substantial bodily harm, two felony counts of reckless driving resulting in death/substantial bodily harm, and a misdemeanor for possession of a gun while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Additional counts were added because Ruggs’ girlfriend was injured in the crash.
Ruggs’ attorneys did request a hearing on Dec. 8 because they want the judge to deny the prosecution’s request for Ruggs’ girlfriend’s medical records.
The deadly crash which happened on Tuesday, Nov. 2 near on Rainbow Boulevard near Spring Valley Parkway killed Tina Tintor, 23, and her golden retriever, Max.
Ruggs is accused of speeding at 156 mph seconds before the crash and being two times over the legal limit for alcohol. His Corvette rear-ended Tintor’s RAV4 causing it to burst into flames.
Ruggs bonded out of jail after his initial court appearance last week and has been under house arrest at his home.
Tintor’s funeral is Thursday, Nov. 11, and is open to the public. It will be at Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church at 3950 South Jones Boulevard. It starts at 12:30 p.m.
Tintor’s family members were in the courtroom.
If convicted, Ruggs could face more than 50 years in prison, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said.
The preliminary hearing for Ruggs is scheduled for Dec. 16.