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Staring at a murder charge, the man who allegedly struck and killed former American Idol contestant Alexis Cohen may be putting the blame on her.

The lawyer for 24-year-old Daniel Bark says his client plans to plead not guilty across the board to the charges of vehicular homicide, aggravated manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident and evading police on the New Jersey shore.

The kicker? Attorney Daniel Glassman (no relation to Hailey Glassman) tells E! News Cohen may have been boozing it up right before she was killed.

"So far, the information that's been provided by the prosecutor's office has been all one-sided in respect to the allegations against my client," he says.

"There's no specifics on witnesses, where the victim was found, the nature of the impact of the car ... and we don't know what the victim's physical condition was before the accident so it's a little premature to discuss."

Specifically, Glassman says his team is looking at the "mechanics" of the incident, which began when Daniel Bark allegedly struck a parked car with his 2005 Mitsubishi Galant and then ran down Alexis Cohen, 25, while trying to flee the cops.

Daniel Bark is looking at potentially mitigating factors such as:

  • What the lighting was like at the accident's time of 4 a.m.
  • Whether or not she accidentally stepped in front of his car.
  • Whether the American Idol castoff's drinking at a local watering hole may have somehow contributed to the tragedy.

While Glassman confirms Bark had a prior DUI dating back to 2004, the lawyer was quick to note that allegations his client are "without substance of fact."

Glassman also notes that potential lawsuits are in the works.

"There are three parallel investigations," he said. "One from prosecutors, two from civil attorneys with respect to the bars involved and our defense strategy in relation to the mechanics of how the accident happened."

On behalf of Daniel Bark, who's currently being held on a suicide watch in Ocean County Jail on $250,000 bail, Daniel Glassman expressed condolences to the family of Alexis Cohen, calling it a "horrible situation."

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Daniel Bark, the man arrested for the hit-and-run death of American Idol contestant Alexis Cohen, has been charged with death by vehicular homicide.

The 23-year-old, who was booked yesterday for reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident, was also charged with aggravated manslaughter.

And eluding a law enforcement officer for good measure.

Alexis Cohen was killed on the road in Seaside Heights, N.J., on the state's famed shore, over the weekend. Her body was found by two pedestrians.

Bail for Daniel Bark has been set at $150,000.

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Police say Alexis Cohen was run over by Daniel Bark.

Speaking outside the courthouse afterwards, the suspect's attorney, David Glassman, said Bark is "having an extremely difficult time mentally coming to terms with the fact that there's an allegation that he caused a death."

American Idol might remember Alexis Cohen's angry yet empowered, partially censored, post-rejection rant aired during the show's seventh season.

Last year, she unsuccessfully auditioned for season eight.

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Daniel Bark, a 23-year-old New Jersey resident, was arrested and charged with the death of Alexis Cohen, a former American Idol contestant, during a hit-and-run.

Cops say Bark killed Cohen with a 2005 Mitsubishi Gallant and left the scene of the predawn Saturday accident, and could face 10-15 years in prison if so.

About 4 a.m., two passersby discovered the battered body of the memorable American Idol castoff on a road in Seaside Heights on the New Jersey shore.

Her car was found about 300 yards away.

Alexis Cohen in one of her two failed American Idol tryouts.

Investigators said Alexis Cohen, 25, who hails from Allentown, Pa., had been visiting the popular beach town. Bark was arrested in Monmouth County, New Jersey.

His bail was set at $35,000.

Alexis Cohen, who was studying veterinarian medicine at Montgomery County Community College, will always be remembered by legions of Idol fans.

May she rest in peace.

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Alexis Cohen, who was ridiculed by Simon Cowell and termed the Green Goblin during auditions for American Idol, was killed on the New Jersey shore Saturday.

According to the The Asbury Park Press, Alexis Cohen, 25, was apparently struck and killed by a car in what authorities are calling an apparent homicide.

Deputy Chief Michael Mohel of the Ocean County Prosecutors Office reports that an autopsy revealed that the Allentown, Pa., passed away after suffering severe chest, abdominal and closed head injuries as a result of the collision.

Authorities are currently conducting an investigation into Alexis Cohen's death, asking anyone with information on the hit and run to speak up.

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Alexis Cohen provided one of American Idol's most colorful tryouts.

Cohen rose to reality stardom after her 2007 American Idol audition resulted in a showdown with Cowell, who likened her to the Spider-Man character.

Alexis responded with a bird-flipping rant, in which she claimed to "march to the beat of a different drummer" while vowing to "leave with [her] dignity."

Resilient, she returned to audition in 2008. Again, she was shown the door.

Check out some of Alexis Cohen's greatest auditioning moments ...

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