The 26-year-old man charged in the death of Rebecca Romero, who was found dead in the street near Lowell Elementary School in June, pleaded not guilty during a Wednesday court appearance.
Daniel Joseph Grady is charged with negligent homicide and failure to remain at a crash scene where a person was killed. He's accused of hitting and killing 22-year-old Romero, who graduated in May from the University of Montana, with his truck in the early hours of June 17.
Court records said police were called to Philips Street near the school around 2:30 a.m. and found Romero dead. Grady was arrested hours later at an apartment complex on Russell Street after police matched a piece of a broken headlight at the scene to a certain model Chevrolet Silverado truck, then found a truck with extensive damage in the building's parking lot.
The owner of the truck, as well as others at an apartment in the building, told investigators Grady was driving when he hit a pedestrian, but kept driving. One man said he tried to report the incident but was stopped by the rest of the group, all of whom said they were intoxicated at the time, according to court documents.
Grady has been held on $100,000 bail since his arrest. In court on Wednesday, an attorney representing Grady said he was recommended for pretrial supervision release, with the head of the program saying it would be under a “closely monitored supervision program.”
Prosecutors objected, and Halligan said she would not release him, at least not until she received a more complete assessment that included the type of conditions she would have to impose while he would be out in the community.
Grady’s next hearing has been set for Aug. 29.