- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire judge has rejected key blood-test evidence in the case against a Hampton woman facing trial on charges of driving drunk and killing a pedestrian.

Judge David Anderson of the Rockingham Superior Court ruled that Hampton Police should have obtained a search warrant before taking key blood samples from Denise Kooyoomjian (‘Koo-YOOM-jee-an’) after her arrest in October of 2013.

The judge rejected a prosecutor’s argument that by the time police could get a warrant, the defendant’s blood-alcohol content declined. He ruled that police could have prepared a warrant application more quickly than they did.

Police say Kooyoomjian, who’s scheduled for trial on Monday, struck and killed 57-year-old Charles Sayre of Amesbury, Mass.

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