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Report shows drugs in Blaylock's system

May have been given at hospital after crash

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

JONESBORO — A GBI lab report showed former NBA player Daron "Mookie" Blaylock tested positive for the presence of two substances in his blood following a crash that killed a mother of five in May.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation report was negative for the presence of alcohol but positive for lidocaine and midazolam, a sedative sometimes used before surgery but also prescribed to treat seizures and insomnia.

However, those medicines may have been administered at the hospital following the crash. Blaylock suffered a head injury and other wounds and was treated at Atlanta Medical Center for 11 days afterward.

According to police reports, Blaylock's wife, Jamie Blaylock, told officials the day of the May 31 crash that he had recently been diagnosed with a medical condition that caused seizures. The same report alleged she told police that a hospital screening of his blood showed no alcohol or drugs.

Blaylock was charged with second degree vehicular homicide, which prosecutors said could be upgraded to first degree, depending on the outcome of the toxicology tests. Early Monday morning, Clayton County Solicitor General Tasha Mosley transferred the case to Superior Court based on the drug report.

"The two drugs combined could lead to impaired ability to operate a motor vehicle safely," Mosley asserted in the transfer document.

However, later in the day, Mosley said that, upon further investigation, she discovered there was a chance the drugs were administered at the hospital. Depending on the outcome of her investigation, the case could remain in State Court.

Jonesboro police said Blaylock crossed the median on Tara Boulevard in a 2007 Cadillac Escalade and hit a 2003 Chrysler Town and Country mini-van head-on. The van was driven by Frank Murphy, who suffered a fractured right ankle, and occupied by his wife, Monica Murphy, 40, who died hours later at Atlanta Medical Center. The couple had five children, ages 15-3.

Police said the family had relocated to the metro Atlanta area from Mississippi but returned home following Murphy's death.

Blaylock, 46, of Zebulon was driving on a suspended license, said police, and had outstanding warrants from Spalding County related to a DUI charge. Clayton County State Court Chief Assistant Solicitor General Keith Gammage asked for $500,000 bond and tight restrictions on Blaylock's movements during a June bond hearing.

Gammage told Clayton County Magistrate Court Chief Judge Daphne Walker that Blaylock's DUI record dates to 1996 and includes a felony probation violation in September 2010. Blaylock was involved in a DUI-related hit and run March 20, said Gammage. Blaylock's license was suspended in January after another DUI conviction, he said.

Walker set a $250,000 special condition bond requiring 24-hour house arrest, GPS monitoring, at least weekly random drug and alcohol screening, relinquishing of Blaylock's passport, no driving and exclusions to house arrest only for work, church, doctor's visits or meetings with his attorney.

Blaylock played with the Atlanta Hawks from 1992 to 1999.