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Mercedes man charged with manslaughter pleads not guilty

November 7, 2018

BROWNSVILLE — Ronnie Huerta woke up lying on a hospital bed in pain and unable to move after he crashed his motorcycle on Queen Isabella Road in Port Isabel.

Police said he slammed into a palm tree on his way back from the Island. Pieces of this recently purchased bike were scattered on Highway 100.

What came next after waking from his coma was multiple surgeries.

He didn’t know he was accused of manslaughter in the death of a Port Isabel woman connected to his crash when he awoke.

It’s uncertain when Huerta found out as police didn’t arrest him until late October at his home in Mercedes. Huerta crashed on March 4.

And on Nov. 5 ,eight months after the death of Elizabeth Sweeten and Huerta’s ability to walk, he pleaded not guilty to all charges during his arraignment in front of 138th state District Judge Arturo Nelson.

Huerta’s trial for intoxication manslaughter and manslaughter is set for Jan 28.

rgarcia@valleystar.com

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