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Prosecutors plan to retry man in motorcycle deaths

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The man accused of hitting a group of motorcyclists and killing four of them last year returned to court Friday.

Last week a judge declared a mistrial in the case but today heard arguments to release Michael Jakscht.

It was a very emotional day as family members of those killed spoke before the judge begging him not to release Michael Jakscht saying he still poses a risk to the community.

"He is out in jail and has the freedom to do something, my daughter bless her heart is sitting in my bedroom in an urn waiting for this to all be over with so I can put her to rest.  Please do not let him out," said Barbara Rich whose daughter died in the crash.

"To let someone out on the streets who did what he did is a crime. He committed a crime.  He was high, he did drugs, he should not be out there to hurt my family any more, your family, anyone else's family," argued Lorri Lizarraga.  Lizarraga's husband was injured in the 2010 crash.

Jakschts attorneys argued that the million dollar bond originally placed on their client's release was far too high.  They claimed that the evidence against him was not enough so far to convince a jury he was guilty of manslaughter and he deserved a chance to get out of jail until his new trial begins.

However the judge said the charges against him did warrant the million dollar bond and he felt that since Jackscht does not have a job, a place to live, or family in the state he could pose a flight risk.

After court his attorney called the ruling unfortunate.  "He is disappointed obviously he wanted to be released.  He was hoping that he would be released, but he will have to stay in and we will have to try the case as quickly as we can to get the best result," explained Robin Varco.

Jakscht is still facing 13 counts including manslaughter and aggravated assault after a dump truck he was driving ran over a group of motorcyclists killing four people and severely injuring 5 others.  Investigators claim Jakscht was high in meth at the time.  He claims it was faulty brakes that caused the crash.

Attorneys will be back before the judge on Monday when they will work to set a date for the new trial.

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