This morning, Detra Farries pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and several other charges in relation to one of the most gruesome incidents in recent memory.
The victim: Colorado Springs tow-truck driver Allen Rose, who was dragged over a mile to his death.
Last February, Rose, a married father of two, was hooking his truck to a sports-utility vehicle when the driver -- allegedly Farries -- decided to make a run for it. Unfortunately, at least one of Rose's legs got stuck in a cable attached to the SUV.
According to horrified witnesses, Rose was screaming as he was dragged approximately 1.2 miles from where he'd originally hooked up to the vehicle. Blood stained the roadway, and various personal effects, including a cap and a wallet, were found along the deadly path -- which makes it all the more remarkable that Rose was still alive when he was found. However, he subsequently died at an area hospital of what the coroner described as "blunt-force trauma."
It didn't take police long to track down Farries, now 33, whose estranged husband, Terroll Farries, was sentenced to four years in regard to his own hit-and-run case, which took place in Denver circa 2008. She'd earlier made news in the Colorado Springs area after her brother died in a stabbing incident following an argument she tried unsuccessfully to break up.
In the immediate aftermath of Farries's arrest, her niece told local media her aunt didn't know she was dragging anyone -- her likely defense against felony charges of vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident and manslaughter. According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, she remains in El Paso County jail on $25,000 bond, and is scheduled to go on trial November 7.
Below, take a larger look at her mug shot:
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