WWE Hall of Famer DUI manslaughter trial starts in Florida next week

Tamara Sytch aka “Sunny” charged for killing 75 year old man in April 2022

Tamara Sytch, 49, who was arrested Friday, May 6, 2022. (Volusia County Sheriff's Office)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Monday, Aug. 21 is the slated trial date for Tamara Sytch who was known in WWE as “Sunny”.

Sytch was arrested last Spring and accused of DUI manslaughter of Julian LaFrancis Lasseter, 75, of Daytona Beach.

Sytch’s blood-alcohol level was 0.280 following the crash, according to reports.

The “Going Ringside” Podcast will be highlighting the case in the upcoming episode to be released on Aug. 16. That’s the same day Sytch is slated to have what’s called a “docket sounding”. That is where Sytch has to appear in court to determine whether she’s prepared for trial.


We have #breakingnews in the case of #tammysytch AKA #sunny her trial date is a week from Monday for #dui manslaughter #wrestling #crime #wwedivas @WWE #volusiacounty #foryou #goingringside

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This date listed on the Volusia Clerk of Courts website is weeks earlier than other outlets had initially reported in mid-September.

The docket shows there have been multiple depositions taken over recent months in this case.

This is not Sytch’s first run-in with the law. Not even close.

She had several DUI mostly in the Northeast and has served several lengthy sentences in jail. The family of the 75-year-old victim in the 2022 case has also filed a civil suit against Sytch.

News4JAX sister station WKMG reported that on the night of March 25, 2022, Sytch crashed her vehicle into a car that was stopped at a red light on U.S. Highway 1. That car’s driver, 75-year-old Julian LaFrancis Lasseter, of Daytona Beach, was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

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