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Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Announces New Bishop

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Heather E. Cook (Photo credit: Diocese of Maryland) Heather E. Cook (Photo credit: Diocese of Maryland)

BALTIMORE (AP)- The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland has named a new bishop to replace a bishop who resigned after she was accused of fatally striking a bicyclist while driving drunk.

Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton announced the Rt. Rev. Chilton Knudsen will serve as assistant bishop until a long-term replacement is chosen. Knudsen, a former bishop of Maine, is an author and addiction recovery counselor.

Heather Cook, who was the state's second-highest ranking Episcopal leader, is charged with vehicular manslaughter, drunken driving and distracted driving in a December crash. Prosecutors say Cook was drunk and texting when she fatally struck 41-year-old bicyclist Tom Palermo.

Cook has resigned. She pleaded not guilty and is free on a $2.5 million bail. A trial is set for June.

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