Judge: No release for man accused of killing four motorcyclists

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by Ryan O'Donnell

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Posted on August 26, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 26 at 12:35 PM

PHOENIX – In the wake of a hung jury, a judge on Friday decided that the dump-truck driver accused of hitting and killing four motorcyclists will remain in jail for the time being.

Protesters on two wheels were out in force Friday morning, upset about the possibility that Michael Jakscht might walk free.

Jakscht was behind the wheel of a dump truck that plowed into a group of motorcyclists on the Carefree Highway last year. Four motorcyclists were killed in that wreck. Several more were badly injured.

About 30 bikers pulled up in front of the courthouse in downtown Phoenix to protest the possible release of Jakscht.

The jury in the Jakscht's case came back deadlocked last week and now a judge is looking into whether or not to have another trial. That decision may come down this Monday.

According to prosecutors, Jakscht, 48, was  high on meth at the time of the deadly crash.

When Jakscht testified during his trial, he blamed a diet pill he had taken the night before the fatal crash.

The defense also argued the dump truck had defective brakes.

On Friday morning, victims of the accident and their family members went before the judge and try to convince the court to keep Jakscht in jail. The judge agreed, upholding Jakscht's $1 million bond.

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