Homicide

California woman who ran over father trying to stop her from driving drunk charged with murder

A woman who authorities say ran over her father while he was trying to prevent her from driving drunk has been charged with second-degree murder in Southern California.

Soukvilay Barton has pleaded not guilty and was held Thursday on $1 million bail. She is due back in court May 6.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/1EVF2cQ) that Barton is accused under a strategy known as a "Watson murder" — in which prosecutors argue that defendants such as Barton who have previous DUI convictions should have known that drunken driving can injure or kill others.

Police say the 38-year-old ignored her father's pleas not to drive and backed her BMW out of the garage, striking 69-year-old Bounmy Rajsombath. He died at a hospital last June.

Barton's attorney could not be reached for comment Thursday.

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Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com