The Oxford man accused of driving the car in which a 15-year-old local teenager died in March plans to enter a plea of not guilty at Derby Superior Court.
Eric Ramirez has been charged with misconduct with a motor vehicle, reckless driving and engaging police in pursuit stemming from a March 9 crash that killed 15-year-old Brandon Giordano. On Wednesday, his case was continued to Dec. 17 without Ramirez appearing in court.
His attorney, Tara Knight, said that the next time Ramirez appears in court, he plans to enter a pro-forma not guilty plea. "Pro forma" is a Latin term for "as a matter of form." In court, it is a ruling made as a formality in order to move matters along, according to Nolo's plain-English law dictionary.
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