Bird Marella Achieves Dismissal of Murder Charge Against Founder of Publicly Traded Substance Abuse Detox Facilities

Bird Marella Achieves Dismissal of Murder Charge Against Founder of Publicly Traded Substance Abuse Detox Facilities

Bird Marella attorneys Benjamin Gluck, Doug Fretty, and Ashley Bowman successfully obtained a pre-trial dismissal of murder charges against the founder of a publicly traded company that runs substance abuse facilities. The case, which was prominently featured in local and national media, stemmed from a resident’s death at one of the company’s facilities in the state. News of the case sent shock waves through California’s ever-growing drug and alcohol rehabilitation industry, as it marked the first time in California history that murder charges were brought on such a theory of corporate liability.

On Friday, March 18, a Riverside County Judge granted Bird Marella’s motion to dismiss the murder charge against their client, finding insufficient evidence to proceed to trial.