Heather Cook Pleads Not Guilty in Cyclist’s Hit-and-Run Death

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Heather Cook
Heather Cook

Episcopal Bishop Heather Cook entered a not-guilty plea to the charges she faces in the death of cyclist Tom Palermo, the AP’s Juliet Linderman reports.

The plea sets up a June 4 trial for Cook, who faces charges of vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, drunk driving and texting while driving in connection with the Dec. 27 crash.

Cook allegedly hit Palermo while he was riding in the bike lane on Roland Ave., and left the scene. She later returned, and blew a .22, which is nearly three times the legal limit.

A plea agreement could still be reached to avoid trial.

Cook has been undergoing treatment at a facility in Havre de Grace.

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  1. Doubt she’s still in treatment. Those are generally 28-30 day programs, which are (sometimes) picked up by insurance. After that, you’re on your own dime.

  2. I know it is her lawyer telling her to plead innocent but if she still had an ounce of decency she would own up and spare the family and friends the pain of trail.

  3. I hope there is no plea bargain
    She should get the death penalty of life in jail.

  4. The judge who has been assigned to this case is a remarkable woman. I for one was glad to see it placed in her capable hands.

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