Bertonatti Back in Court

Carlos Bertonatti wore inmate’s orange for his hearing today on DUI/manslaughter charges in the hit-and-run death of bicyclist Christoph LeCanne on the Rickenbacker Causeway.  We’re accustomed to seeing him in street clothes for his many show-ups at Miami-Dade Circuit Court, but this time he shuffled into Courtroom 4-7 handcuffed to a walker.

He occupied the back row of the jury box while Judge Bronwyn Miller worked her way through a morning docket of lesser cases. Then, after a short conference between the young singer and defense lawyer Robert Pertierra, Judge Miller set yet another trial date — this time Jan. 7, 2013, with a pre-trial conference Jan. 3.

For most of the time since his arrest in January 2010, Bertonatti has been under house arrest at his father’s Key Biscayne home, his movements monitored by a GPS ankle bracelet. But his bail bondsman surrendered him in June and Bertonatti is being held at the Metro West Detention Center.