A Minnetrista father charged with vehicular homicide in an accident responsible for the death of his 8-month-old daughter appeared in court on Friday, news sources report.
The Star Tribune reports that Judge Toddrick Barnette set the bail for the man, Jonathan Markle, at $10,000 with the conditions of not drinking alcohol or using illegal drugs. According to charges, two hours following the accident, Markle had a blood-alcohol level of .13, which is .05 over the legal limit to drive.
An article by the Pioneer Press reports that the accident occurred on Jan. 18, and Markle's daughter, Tabitha, died on Jan. 21. Markle, his wife, and both of his daughters were driving home from a family meal when Markle decided to take a shortcut that he knew across the frozen lake. The ice on the lake broke and the car sunk into the water, leaving Tabitha stuck in her car seat.
Speaking about Markle's "overwhelming guilt", Markle's attorney, Joseph Friedberg told the Pioneer Press, ""The system can't punish him any more than he has been punished."