*The truck driver accused of crashing into a limo van carrying comedian Tracy Morgan has pleaded not guilty to aggravated manslaughter, vehicular homicide and aggravated assault.
Kevin Roper entered his pleas during an arraignment on Monday afternoon in New Brunswick, NJ. In June 2014, he was driving a Wal-Mart truck on the New Jersey Turnpike when the accident occurred, killing comedian James McNair and seriously injuring Morgan and others.
Roper’s attorney, David Glassman, has claimed Wal-Mart’s settlement of Morgan’s lawsuit generated publicity that harmed the Jonesboro, Georgia, resident’s chance for a fair trial.
Federal investigators said Roper hadn’t slept for 28 hours before the crash. His lawyer disputes that and is arguing to have the charges thrown out.