PHOENIX (AP) – A man arrested in a hit-and-run accident that injured a veteran in Chandler last month has pleaded not guilty.
Maricopa County Superior Court officials say 18-year-old Cody James Gibson was arraigned Friday.
Gibson is charged with aggravated assault, leaving the scene of a hit-and-run, unlawful imprisonment and two counts of misdemeanor assault.
He was taken into custody after 31-year-old Steven Richardson was run down by an SUV in a parking lot on April 7.
Richardson is a veteran who served two tours in Iraq.
Authorities say Richardson and a friend were trying to help a woman who was being dragged by her hair in an apparent domestic violence situation with Gibson.
Chandler police say Gibson allegedly hit Richardson at full speed. Richardson now is recovering after suffering severe head injuries.
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