The big-rig driver facing murder charges for the April 2009 runaway truck crash that killed two people in La Cañada Flintridge is out on $340,000 bail after nearly two years in jail.
Marcos Costa had been in custody at Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles following a June 2009 grand jury murder indictment until he posted bail last month, said Edward Murphy, who has been representing Costa since he changed his mind earlier this year about defending himself at trial.
L.A. County Sheriff’s Department records show Costa leaving custody on Feb. 12.
Instead of what had been handcuffs and yellow inmate jumpsuit, Costa appeared Thursday in a Los Angeles County Superior Courtroom in Pasadena wearing a jacket and tie. Superior Court Judge Darrell Mavis called for Costa’s trial to start within 10 days of an April 19 hearing.
Palmdale resident Angel Posca and his 12-year-old daughter, Angelina, died on April 1, 2009, when Costa’s truck collided with cars at the intersection of Angeles Crest Highway and Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada Flintridge after the truck lost its brakes while descending the highway.