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Associated Press, Published April 23 2013

Suspect in Dickinson hit-and-run death pleads not guilty

DICKINSON, N.D. — A man accused in a hit-and-run death in Dickinson late last year has pleaded not guilty.

Forty-eight-year-old Timothy Menges is accused of hitting 47-year-old Tracy Freer with his pickup truck in a motel parking lot last Nov. 21, killing him. He could face up to five years in prison if convicted of felony negligent homicide.

Investigators say Menges was driving under the influence of alcohol, and struck Freer after Freer accosted him for almost running over his dog.

Defense attorney Ryan Heintz says Freer's death is unfortunate but it does not rise to the level of negligence on the part of Menges.

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