Criminal Case Against RUSH Guitarist Expected To Be Resolved Next Month

John Henderson of the Naples Daily News is reporting that a criminal case involving RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson is expected to be resolved next month.

It has been more than a year since Lifeson, whose real name is Alex Zivojinovich, was arrested for scuffling with Collier County sheriff's deputies at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples at a New Year's Eve bash ringing in 2004.

He is facing two third-degree felony charges that could carry five-year prison sentences.

Lawyers for both sides will update the judge on the status of the case at a hearing March 9.

The hearing, called a sounding, was postponed from Wednesday after a judge granted a motion supported by the prosecution and Zivojinovich's defense attorney, Jerry Berry of Naples. The motion stated that the state plans to begin a first-degree murder trial on or about Jan. 17, and is anticipating that the trial will not be completed by Jan. 24, the date Zivojinovich's case was scheduled to go to trial.

Also, Berry has to handle a DUI manslaughter case this month. Because both sides were so tied up with those cases, the judge decided to give them another month before resolving the case involving the internationally known rock star, who is a seasonal resident of Naples.

A sounding hearing on March 9 also was granted for Justin Zivojinovich, Alex's son, who is facing a third-degree felony. At these sounding hearings, a judge can set a trial date, continue the case, or accept a plea bargain.

Berry and prosecutor Rich Montecalvo had no comment when asked whether Alex Zivojinovich has been offered a plea bargain.

Berry said most depositions are completed, with only a few loose ends to be tied up. "It's fair to say there is a good chance the case will be resolved in March," Berry said. Read more.


Posted in: News


To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@) with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).