Henry Ruggs III’s lawyers fight to keep prosecutors’ medical records

November 10, 2021

LAS VEGAS – Attorneys for former Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III are fighting to keep his medical records away from prosecutors who accuse him of driving under the influence of a car accident in which a woman died earlier this year. month.

Ruggs, who was already facing a felony DUI with death and reckless driving charges, was also hit with an additional felony DUI and reckless driving charges and a misdemeanor for possession of a firearm while intoxicated. . The additional charges would mean additional jail time for Ruggs if convicted.

“The evidence supports a second felony DUI count,” Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson told reporters. “We believe that Mr. Ruggs’s girlfriend [Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington] was substantially injured, and under Nevada law, if one is substantially injured in a DUI collision as a result of the defendant’s actions, we may file a second charge. “

When asked how long Ruggs could face if convicted of all five charges, Wolfson replied: “The minimum, actually, would be two years in prison, even somewhere between 50 and 50 years.”[years] distance. These are non-evidentiary crimes. So DUI felony charges, if Mr. Ruggs is convicted, he cannot get parole. He must receive a prison sentence. “

Ruggs, 22, is charged with driving 156 mph with a blood alcohol content twice the legal limit in Nevada when his 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray crashed into the back of Tina Tintor’s 2013 Toyota Rav4, which exploded in you call at 3:40 am in November. 2. Tintor, 23, and his dog were killed in the accident. Tintor’s funeral is scheduled for Thursday.

“I have been doing this for 40 years and I can tell each and every one of you that I have had multiple experiences where the facts that were presented at the beginning of the case turned out not to be the facts,” said Ruggs’ attorney. David Chesnoff said. “That’s why I keep saying, ‘Please don’t judge beforehand, let us do the job in the courtroom.’ The state, the prosecutor will do his thing, and that’s when the facts will be determined. “

Chesnoff and his legal partner Richard Schonfeld cited state privacy law to convince the judge to temporarily block access to Ruggs’ medical records, saying the state law supersedes federal health record privacy requirements.

Attorney Peter Christensen obtained the same temporary lockdown on behalf of Kilgo-Washington, who was a passenger in Ruggs’s car and reportedly underwent surgery on an arm after the accident.

The judge set a hearing on December 8 to decide whether Ruggs and Kilgo-Washington’s medical records should be turned over to police and prosecutors, which would be the key to the additional felony charges Ruggs faces.

Ruggs posted a $ 150,000 bond last week and is under house arrest with strict conditions: He is being electronically monitored, cannot drive or consume alcohol, including being tested four times a day for alcohol, and had to give up his passport. , as your criminal. the case proceeds.

Ruggs, the first draft pick in Las Vegas Raiders history taken in the first round of the 2020 draft at No. 12 overall, was thrown by the team less than 24 hours after the accident.

The Raiders also released Damon Arnette, who was selected seven spots after Ruggs, on Monday after a video surfaced on social media of the cornerback brandishing a gun and threatening to kill someone. Only three of the seven Raiders picks from the 2020 draft remain on the team.

Associated Press contributed to this report.