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Nestande case: Judge denies defense’s requests

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Former Capitol staffer, Gabrielle Nestande, was back in a Travis County courtroom Friday.

She's charged with intoxication manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid

She was emotional at times, crying during the pre-trail hearing.

Nestande's defense team asked the 299th District Court to consider two things--quash the indictment against her and order the state to turn over cell phone numbers for first responders on the night of May 27, 2011.

The judge denied both of these requests.

She is charged with manslaughter, intoxication manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid after allegedly hitting 30-year-old Courtney Griffin with her car.

"Let's get to the truth of this and let's move forward, I mean, she's refused to accept responsibility and when does a person have to be accountable for their actions anymore?" said Bart Griffin, the victim's father.

The trial starts in less than a month. In the meantime, Bart Griffin is working to push legislation this session to increase penalties for hit and run drivers.

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