Celebrity custom bike builder negotiating plea over motorcycle death

Billy Lane It appears the trial of the famous custom motorcycle builder Billy Lane will never be played out in a court room with both sides informing the Judge a plea was being negotiated.

In a Brevard County Court room Mr. Lane’s defense attorney Gregory Eisenmenger and State Attorney Tom Brown informed Judge Robert Burger both sides were in discussions and working on a plea.

The charges stem from an accident dating back to Labor Day 2006 when Lane allegedly crossed a double yellow line to pass several cars near Melbourne Beach and fatally struck a motorcycle head on being ridden by Gerald Morelock. Police reported that Lane’s blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit at the time of the accident.

Dates for a trial experienced delays over disputes regarding the handling, storage and testing of blood samples. Currently, Mr. Lane (pictured right) faces a felony charge of DUI Manslaughter as well as a charge of vehicular homicide.

Billy Lane, 38, is the owner of Choppers Inc. in Melbourne, Florida and became famous from his appearances in numerous bike building television shows. According to Wikipedia he owns several US patents on motorcycle parts and accessories and has authored two books one of which is an autobiography.

Legal experts have said Lane could face as much as 15 years if convicted of either charge in the death of 56-year-old Sebastian Inlet park ranger Gerald Morelock. It has been reported the State Attorney would not accept a plea bargain for anything less than 10 years.

The next hearing has been scheduled for February 9th.

Source | Clutch & Chrome