Eric Ramirez did not speak a word during his first court appearance this morning.
The 20-year-old Oxford resident, who is facing multiple charges in relation to the March 9 car crash that resulted in the death of Brandon Giordano, walked into court with his parents by his side.
He did not enter a plea and the case was continued to Oct. 25. The reason for the lengthy continuance, according to Ramirez' attorney, Tara Knight, is due to the volume of material in the case file.
Ramirez offered no comment as he walked out of court. His attorney, Knight, said this on his behalf:
“He is devastated by this tragedy. This was a very close friend of his.”
According to police, Ramirez led officers on a pursuit in his Ford Mustang covertible that ended in a crash which killed Giordano, a passenger who was 15 years old.
[Editor's note: This story was reported by Paul Singley and written by Gary Jeanfaivre.]