COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio driver who made an online video confessing to causing a fatal wrong-way crash after drinking heavily must wait at least a day to enter his promised guilty plea.
In a 3½-minute video posted last week, Matthew Cordle admitted he killed a man from a Columbus suburb and said he "made a mistake" when he decided to drive that night.
"My name is Matthew Cordle, and on June 22nd, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani," he says somberly. "This video will act as my confession."
Cordle, of Powell, another Columbus suburb, appeared briefly in Franklin County court Tuesday after being charged with aggravated vehicular homicide a day earlier and turning himself in. Cordle also is charged with a misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
Judge Julie Lynch ended the hearing shortly after it began. She said an expected arrangement whereby Cordle would plead guilty and be sentenced had changed. Lynch said Cordle should appear before her again Wednesday.
After the hearing, Lynch said Cordle's lawyers appeared to change their minds about having the case in front of her after she refused to commit to a specific sentence.
Cordle faces two to 8½ years in prison.
Cordle's lawyers denied they had decided to look for a different judge instead, a process known as judge shopping, which is banned by court rules. They wouldn't comment on any discussions of a sentence with the judge.
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