NJ prosecutors can seek ID in 'Melrose' star crash

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on March 30, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 30 at 5:07 PM

SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A judge has ruled prosecutors in a case stemming from a fatal car crash involving a former "Melrose Place" actress can seek the identity of a person who claimed on a New Jersey newspaper's website he was a witness and authorities were "lying."

Tuesday's ruling allows prosecutors to order The Star-Ledger of Newark's NJ.com website to turn over information about the reader who posted the comments. The newspaper says it will comply.

Prosecutors say TV and movie actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer was driving drunk at the time of a June 2010 crash that killed a Montgomery woman. She has pleaded not guilty.

The 39-year-old Hopewell resident appeared in the original "Melrose Place" television series in the 1990s.

Her lawyer says the website poster was her husband. Prosecutors say it's important to verify whether the poster was a witness.

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Information from: Courier News, http://www.mycentraljersey.com

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