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Trial delayed for man charged with killing 5 in Riviera Beach crash

The driver charged in the April Riviera Beach crash that killed five people won’t be facing trial on DUI manslaughter charges until later this year.

In a hearing for Jabari Kemp Thursday morning, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Robin Rosenberg cancelled his February calendar call and reset it for September, which means the case could go to trial in early fall.

In the meantime, prosecutor Judith Arco and defense attorney Leonard Feuer plan to continue interviewing witnesses in the case and are gearing up for a March trial on a related misdemeanor case against Kemp from the night his Mercedes collided with a car carrying 14-year old Makita Campbell, 22-year-old Orane Cummings, 17-year-old Shonteria Grimsley, 17-year-old Christina Joseph and 22-year-old Jason Mahlung.

All five died in the crash. Kemp turned himself in months later after toxicology reports showed high levels of THC in his system. THC is the active ingredient in marijuana.

Kemp, of Florida City, is expected to stand trial March 26 on a marijuana possession charge stemming from a traffic stop hours before the crash. In that case, a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy pulled Kemp over and asked to search his car after he smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming form his car.

The deputy placed Kemp in his squad car while he searched Kemp’s car and found no drugs. But he said that after he let Kemp go with a speeding ticket, he found a baggy of marijuana — presumably discarded by Kemp — in the back seat of his squad car.

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