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Trial May Be Next for Former "Melrose Place" Actress Convicted of Vehicular Manslaughter in New Jersey

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    Trial May Be Next for Former "Melrose Place" Actress Convicted of Vehicular Manslaughter in New Jersey
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    Attorney Ellen Torregrossa-O'Connor, left, holds the hand of former "Melrose Place" actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer, 40, as the jury in her trial returns a verdict on November 28, 2012.

    A former "Melrose Place" actress convicted of vehicular manslaughter in a New Jersey court could soon face a civil trial in federal court.

    A jury convicted Amy Locane-Bovenizer in 2012 for the crash that killed 60-year-old Helene Seeman in Somerset County in 2010.

    The state Department of Corrections website shows Locane-Bovenizer was recently released from prison after serving about 2 ½ years of a three-year sentence.

    Seeman's husband sued Locane-Bovenizer in federal court in December 2010 and the case was stayed pending resolution of the state criminal trial. In a letter filed with the court Friday, attorney Raymond Silverman said settlement talks have stalled and his client is no longer interested in a settlement.

    Silverman said Fred Seeman wants to move forward with pre-trial preparations so the case is "'trial-ready' in the near future."

    Locane-Bovenizer's attorney didn't respond to a request for comment Friday.

    The federal lawsuit has grown to include claims and counterclaims by Locane-Bovenizer, a couple and a local theater that hosted parties she attended the day of the crash, and a woman whose car she hit and who was following her before the crash.

    Prosecutors say Locane-Bovenizer was driving with a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit when her SUV slammed into a Mercury Milan driven by Fred Seeman as he was turning into his driveway.

    Locane-Bovenizer appeared in 13 episodes of TV's "Melrose Place" and in movies including "Cry-Baby," ''School Ties" and "Secretary."