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Christensen Pleads Not Guilty

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It's been six months since the accident happened...

An Idaho man behind the wheel of a semi truck that slammed into several vehicles stopped at a red light in southwest Minot, killing a Plentywood, Montana woman in May was in court today, sending his case toward a trial.

(Gary Lee - Judge) "With respect to the charge contained and the information manslaughter a class B felony, how do you plead?" (Clark Christensen - Charged in Case) "Not Guilty." (Gary Lee - Judge) "Court will note the defendant's not guilty plea."

Clark Christensen entered that plea this afternoon in front of Judge Gary Lee at the Ward County Courthouse.

Christensen is charged with class B felony manslaughter in the death of Megan Shoal, the 21-year-old who was killed in the accident at the intersection of the 2 and 52 bypass and 83 bypass just west of Minot in May.

He is being held at the Ward County jail on 75 thousand dollars bond.

That bond was the main issue in court today.

The defense wanted it lowered to 25-hundred so that Christensen could post bond and be released.

(Gary Lee - Judge) "Fact of the matter is Mr. Christensen is not a resident of the state of North Dakota, that he after this incident that gave rise to this matter, he left the state and had to be extradited back to the state so that doesn't bode well for his willingness to voluntarily return to the state. "

Judge Lee kept bond at 75-thousand dollars.

Christensen is due back in court January 15th for a pre-trial conference.

If found guilty of the class B felony manslaughter charge, Christensen could face up to 10 years in prison.

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