Ex-astronaut pleads not guilty in traffic deaths of 2 girls in Alabama

James Halsell mugshot

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — James Halsell Jr. pleads not guilty in a crash that killed two young girls in Tuscaloosa County. He is also blaming the other driver for the accident.

Police say Halsell was drunk and speeding, but his lawyers filed a document in a civil lawsuit blaming the other driver for failing to yield.

In September, both girls’ families filed lawsuits blaming Halsell for the deaths.

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