Alleged wrong-way driver pleads not guilty in crash that killed Phoenix dispatcher
New developments surrounding a valley man accused of driving the wrong way on a valley freeway and killing a Phoenix Fire Dispatcher.
Stephen Martin faced a judge Thursday and pleaded not guilty to murder charges, his attorney entered the plea on his behalf.
"Judge we waive the reading of the charges and ask the court to enter a plea of not guilty on all charges at this time," said Stephen Martin's attorney.
The 39-year-old Phoenix resident faces multiple felony charges from a fatal wrong-way freeway accident that took place on January 27.
"Sir you do have six charges, counts 1,4,5, and 6, are all new. 1 is a class one felony, 4,5, and 6 are class six felonies," said the judge.
Martin who was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 17 in the early morning hours struck the small SUV Megan Lange was driving head-on. The mother of two who worked as a Phoenix Fire Dispatcher, was heading home from work and died as a result.
Lange was laid to rest earlier this week, police have said that Martin told officers he knew he was drunk and shouldn't have been driving, but that he had to get to his girlfriend because she was being sexually assaulted.
"I will enter a not guilty plea for you on all of your charges," said the judge.
Martin is scheduled to make his next court appearance on March 31.