Sus­pect in deadly Times Square crash pleads not guilty

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

NEW YORK — A U.S. Navy vet­eran pleaded not guilty Thurs­day to mur­der and at­tempted mur­der after he was ac­cused of in­ten­tion­ally mow­ing down pedes­tri­ans on a Times Square side­walk, killing a woman and in­jur­ing 22 other peo­ple. Twenty-six-year-old Richard Ro­jas, dressed in a beige jail uni­form, mostly looked down at the de­fence ta­ble dur­ing his ar­raign­ment in the May 18 melee. He spoke only to tell the judge good morn­ing; his lawyer en­tered the plea.

The mother of one of the vic­tims, high school stu­dent Jes­sica Wil­liams who was badly in­jured, sat in court and cried dur­ing the brief hear­ing with two oth­ers, in­clud­ing a man who gave Ro­jas the fin­ger as he left court.

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