Kareame Cotton Sr. (Photo: PCSO)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A Little Rock man pleaded not guilty Thursday morning to the deaths of a well-known pastor and his granddaughter.
Kareame Cotton Sr., 37, is charged with two counts of negligent homicide and third-degree escape. Arkansas State Police said Cotton slipped out of his handcuffs, unlocked a police car and ran off while troopers investigated the crash.
Arkansas State Police said Cotton had a blood alcohol level of .21 the night he struck the SUV that carried Pastor David Harris and his 10-year-old granddaughter Maci Harris.
The fatal accident occurred New Year's Day 2013 on I-30. Harris was the long-time pastor of Oak Park Baptist Church.
The judge set Cotton's bail at $100,000. Cotton's attorney requested a bond reduction and a hearing has been set for 8:45 a.m. July 30.
The accident happened along I-30 at Scott Hamilton Drive in Little Rock on New Year's Day around 8:30 p.m. A 2-month-old child also died due to injuries sustained in a crash that happened at the same time and location as this one. However, that wreck is being investigated as a separate incident by the prosecutor's office.
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