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Bail lowered for man accused in NH crash that killed Minn. newlywed

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Bail has been lowered from $250,000 to $75,000 for 43-year-old Matthew Tsopas, accused of drinking and driving in a crash that killed a St. Paul newlywed in New Hampshire July 20, WMUR TV in Manchester, N.H., reported.

Tsopas is accused of crashing head-on into a car driven by Brian Preiss, 30, and killing passenger Leah Fonda, 30, his wife of nine days, in Rollinsford, N.H. Preiss was seriously hurt but has been released from a Boston hospital.

The St. Paul couple had been on a road trip in New England for their honeymoon. The two had fallen in love while co-workers at the Mall of America, the Star Tribune reported.

In arguing for lower bail, Tsopas' lawyer Wednesday had suggested a breath alcohol tester could be installed in his client's home, and the court could require random drug and alcohol testing, WMUR reported. Later in the day, the judge granted the request and lowered the bail, the station reported.

It was not immediately clear if Tsopas would make bail and be released. Prosecutors said Tsopas was drinking before the crash at an American Legion. Tsopas was charged with negligent homicide and aggravated DWI.

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WBZ TV in Boston obtained the transcript of a call to 911 made by a witness to the crash.

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