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Washington state man pleads not guilty in car death

July 23, 2019

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state man is accused of hitting and killing a man with his car after authorities say the men were involved in a series of encounters that escalated to violence.

The Daily Herald reports 22-year-old Jesse Engerseth pleaded not guilty Monday to second-degree murder.

Prosecutors say the Arlington man intentionally ran over 32-year-old Michael Smith, who died at a hospital after suffering severe head injuries.

According to court documents, Engerseth told authorities that Smith had approached his car and banged on the door with what appeared to be a handgun.

He said he later retaliated by throwing an auto jack at Smith’s car.

The documents say that Engerseth later hit Smith with his car after Smith started approaching him while carrying a stick.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com

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