Earlier this month, we reported that the L.A. City Attorneyâ€™s Office had until December 30, 2007 to file any criminal charges against singer Brandy, and since today is in fact December 30, 2007, we can officially report that Brandy is in the clear via PEOPLE.
“The City Attorney’s Office has decided not to file misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charges against Brandy Norwood in the case stemming from a December 30, 2006, traffic collision,” that office’s spokesman Frank Mateljan said in a statement.
“After conducting a thorough investigation, which included consulting with some of the top accident reconstruction experts in the country, City prosecutors concluded that there was insufficient evidence from which a jury could find Ms. Norwood guilty of such a charge beyond a reasonable doubt,” he said.
Police said the singer was not distracted or under the influence at the time of the accident. Investigators initially recommended a charge of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter, which carries a penalty of up to a year in jail. Brandy still faces four wrongful-death lawsuits filed on behalf of Aboudihaj’s parents, her widower, her two children and another victim of the crash, Mallory Ham. A civil trial date is set for January 28th.