mulberry bayswater Arraignment for Laguna doctor postponed
An Orange County Superior Court judge granted a defense attorney’s request Monday to postpone the arraignment of a Laguna Beach doctor accused of colliding head on with another car and killing two men in April on Laguna Canyon Road.
Robert McFarland Pettis, 48, was scheduled to be arraigned Monday at Newport Beach’s Harbor Justice Center, but his attorney, Paul Meyer, asked Judge Carlton Biggs for a postponement to Dec. 19.
On Friday, the Orange County district attorney’s office filed against Pettis two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and one felony count of driving the wrong way on a divided highway causing death, adding sentencing enhancements for inflicting great bodily harm, according to a news release. April 2.
He is believed to have crossed the double yellow lines into the southbound lanes, leading to a collision with a Honda Accord that killed the driver,
47 year old Anaheim resident Alberto Casique, and its passenger, Armando Gonzalez, 38, of Santa Ana, the district attorney’s office said.
“Alcohol was not a factor in this case,” district attorney spokeswoman Farrah Emami wrote in an email.
As for why it took more than seven months to formally file charges, Emami said, “These types of cases often take a lot of investigation to do a thorough job.”
If convicted, Pettis faces a maximum sentence of nine years and eight months in state prison,
according to the district attorney.