The San Luis Obispo Superior Court granted a delay today in the arraignment of Gianna Brencola, the 17-year-old Los Osos resident, who was charged with multiple felonies in the hit-and-run death of Cal Poly student Kennedy Love in August.
Brencola has been charged with vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence, driving under the influence (D.U.I.) causing injury, driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent causing injury, and leaving the scene of an accident.
The delay was caused by the court’s desire to include Love’s family in the process and the fact that no assistant district attorney has been permanently assigned to the case.
“The law, as it should, requires [Love’s family] to be heard,” defense attorney Paul Phillips said.
He said the complex nature of the case has made it impossible for attorneys from both sides to discuss it.
Brencola’s parents were present at the arraignment and declined to comment.
This delay comes after a judge decided Oct. 23 that Brencola would be tried as an adult.
Phillips was not involved in the process, but said the judge made a “thoughtful and thorough decision.”
Brencola’s next arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 7.