FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - A man accused of driving a car into a lake and killing his three passengers, back in January, appeared in court Friday.
Twenty-four-year-old Deshawn Prince is being held on 11 charges, including three counts of vehicular homicide and three counts of DUI causing death.
According to investigators, Prince drove a car into a Lauderhill lake along Northwest 44th Street and Inverrary Boulevard West.
Police found Prince on the side of the pond uninjured. Prince’s attorneys contend that he did try to help and tried to save his three friends when he crashed his car into the lake. The families of the victims don’t believe that.
Said the judge, “This case, there was three deaths and a substantial blood alcohol level as well as cannabis in his system.”
The victims included 22-year-old Shaquille Barrows, 15-year-old Tyrese Barrows and 25-year-old Nathaniel Morgan. “He’s gone,” said Ann Marie Bryant, who lost her son. “You know, it’s good that he is where he is, but it doesn’t bring [my son] back.”
Donna Legrand, who lost both of her sons, spoke in court, Friday. “I, personally, don’t think that he should get out,” she said. “My life has been a living hell since January 10 and 11. He has no remorse. He should not be out in society. He should definitely not be driving. He lied to the police since day one. I don’t think he should be out, like I said. I lost a 14-year-old and a 22-year-old. I have two granddaughters without a father.”
In court today, Legrand said, “I can’t even go in Tyrese’s room. Everything is the same. It hurts me and my husband, the whole family, and I don’t think he should be out in society.”
“Sleeping is impossible,” said Bryant. “There’s a hole … That was my first child.”
Prince is being held on a $527,525 bond. Another hearing is expected in the next few weeks.
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