Trial Date Set for Bishop Who Fatally Struck Cyclist
BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) - A June 4 trial date has been set for an Episcopal bishop who fatally struck a cyclist while drunk in Baltimore.
Heather Cook entered a not-guilty plea during her arraignment in Baltimore City Circuit Court on Thursday.
Cook faces vehicular manslaughter, drunken driving and distracted driving charges stemming from the Dec. 27 accident. Prosecutors say Cook was drunk and texting when she fatally struck 41-year-old Tom Palermo on his bicycle. Cook is free on a $2.5 million bail.
Cook's attorney David Irwin did not comment on whether a plea deal is in the works and said he expects Cook to be in court on June 4.
Family members of the cyclist, Tom Palermo, said after the arraignment that they are "looking forward to justice."