Prosecutors in the case against Shaquille Lindsey, the former U.S. airman they claim struck and killed a Lompoc couple in 2016 while intoxicated, are seeking a court-ordered DNA test amid questions from the defense regarding the accuracy and reliability of blood samples attributed to the 25-year-old Georgia man.
During a brief appearance Friday in Lompoc Superior Court, Judge Raimundo Montes de Oca granted a request from both attorneys to delay the preliminary hearing, which began Jan. 10, until May 3 after the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion ordering Lindsey to provide a sample of his DNA.
Defense attorney Kenneth Hamilton, who represents Lindsey, was ordered to respond to the prosecution’s motion by Feb. 28 or have his client provide the sample within seven days.
Ruben and Bertha Betancourt were killed on Aug. 28, 2016, after Lindsey allegedly veered over the double-yellow line into the northbound lane of Santa Lucia Canyon Boulevard, colliding head-on with their 2005 Ford Focus. Their son Juan Betancourt was also in the car and sustained major injuries.