The baseball star charged with murder in a horror crash that killed four Pepperdine University students was being chased before the collision, his lawyer says.
Fraser Bohm, 22, is charged with four counts of murder after he allegedly lost control of his BMW while crashing into parked cars on the Pacific Coast Highway on October 17, striking Niamh Rolston, 20, Peyton Stewart, Asha Weir and Deslyn Williams killed. every 21st
His attorney, Michael Kraut, claimed in court that the former baseball standout was involved in the accident because there was a traffic accident about three miles from the collision site.
“We have evidence that the Sheriff’s Department refused to accept that clearly shows that there was a road rage incident that started at Duke’s, that this individual chased him and tried to push him off the side of the road,” Kraut said KTLA.
“As (Bohm) accelerated to get away from him, the accident occurred,” he added.
Bohm pleaded not guilty in his first court appearance Wednesday, and his family was seen in court this week as he was accused of the grisly charges.
Fraser Bohm, 22, who allegedly struck and killed four Pepperdine University graduates in his BMW in Malibu, was in court Wednesday after being charged with murder
Niamh Ralston (left) was one of four Pepperdine University students who died in Malibu when a BMW crashed into a parked car and then hit them, while Peyton Stewart (right) recently completed a coveted internship at TikTok
Desilyn Williams (left), a Georgia native, pictured on her LinkedIn page, and Asha Weir (right), who was scheduled to graduate from Seaver College of Liberal Arts in the spring
Bohm’s family pictured leaving a Los Angeles courthouse on October 25, 2023
Kraut claimed that security footage from the crime scene was collected to support his claims of a road rage incident.
He also claimed that the driver of the other car had been identified, adding: “The individual admitted to a family member that they actually ran him off the road.”
Kraut reportedly did not commit to subpoenaing the driver to testify in court, saying the information would be released at a later date.
“I highly doubt that this gentleman would voluntarily come in and say, ‘I caused the deaths of these four people,'” Kraut said.
“This is not fair to the investigation and I want the police to carry out a proper investigation.”
Initial reports claimed Bohm was driving over 100 mph shortly before the accident, but Kraut refuted those claims, saying his BMW’s “black box” would show he was driving at about 70 mph.
At his court appearance on Wednesday, Bohm pleaded not guilty and at the same hearing his bail was reduced from $8 million to $4 million.
Kraut argued that the reduced bail was still too high, citing that his client had no prior convictions or traffic offenses.
Kraut added that police have yet to determine whether Bohm was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident and said the 22-year-old should be released so he can “effectively fight the allegations from the outside.”
“I believe that the evidence will show that my client is not responsible.” “It is the person who drove them off the street and told people he intentionally drove them away,” Kraut concluded.
Bohm’s lawyer Michael Kraut has claimed to have surveillance evidence that shows Bohm was being chased by a road rage driver before the horror accident
The alleged killer’s family pictured leaving the courthouse, where Bohm’s bail was reduced from $8 million to $4 million
The former high school baseball standout reportedly attempted to flee the scene after the accident before being captured by onlookers. This week he pleaded not guilty
Flowers were placed at the scene of the accident for the four Pepperdine seniors who were killed
Signs of the accident can still be seen at the scene, including what appears to be blood on a wall
The horrific accident occurred on the evening of Oct. 17 as the four Pepperdine seniors were walking along the Pacific Coast Highway near a fraternity.
At the same time, Bohm, who was uninjured in the accident, is said to have driven his BMW into a row of parked cars while students waited nearby.
Witnesses claimed that Bohm attempted to flee the scene immediately after the collision before being arrested by stunned onlookers.
Footage obtained by KTLA from the night of the crash showed a grim-faced Bohm being given a field sobriety test by police as the mangled remains of his red BMW were towed away.
While it’s unclear what Bohm does for a living now, videos unearthed by DailyMail.com show he was a highly rated high school pitcher and played for Oaks Christian School before graduating.
The $31,250-a-year private prep school near Los Angeles counts Sofia Richie and Mariel Hemingway’s model daughter Dree among its graduates.
Pictured are LR victims Asha Weir, Niamh Rolston, Peyton Stewart and Deslyn Williams sharing a meal with friends just weeks before they were mowed down and killed
The Pacific Coast Highway, the stretch of road where the horrific accident occurred, is considered a dangerous stretch. In 10 years, 49 people were killed in traffic
Bohm still lives at home on his $8.7 million gated “estate” in Malibu, which was given to Bohm’s mother when his parents divorced
DailyMail.com previously revealed that Bohm’s mother Brooke, 57, bought the speeding car that allegedly killed the four seniors with a down payment of $25,000 in 2017 – his father Chris, 59, paid the remaining installments .
According to an agreement finalizing the couple’s divorce in 2018 and obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com, the vehicle was gifted to Bohm on his 18th birthday.
The settlement also reveals details about his family’s lavish lifestyle — including the remote, gated “estate” in Malibu that Bohm’s mother received after the divorce.
His lavish property is said to be in a “celebrity enclave” and includes a bespoke chef’s kitchen and terraced gardens. The home was listed for sale in late September for $9,750,000, but within a week the price was reduced to $8,795,000.
Bohm is the youngest of three siblings. His sisters Hunter (25) and Haiden (24) also live in the house with their mother, a photographer.
The stretch of highway where the accident occurred has killed 49 people in the past decade, a shocking statistic that has earned it nicknames like “Dead Man’s Curve” and “Blood Alley.”
Angry Malibu residents criticized city officials at a hostile town hall meeting Monday and demanded safety improvements to the road, which still has much of the same infrastructure as it did in the 1950s.
“How many deaths are there before something is done?” one tearful resident told the Malibu City Council.