HAVERSTRAW, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A driver accused of deliberately mowing down a family of eight, killing the mother, faced a judge Friday.
Jason Mendez, 35, pleaded not guilty to one count of murder and seven counts of attempted murder. His lawyer also requested a psychological exam.READ MORE: Gov. Cuomo: Dining Capacity At Restaurants Outside New York City To Be Increased To 75% Starting March 19
Police said Mendez intentionally rammed his car into Melissa DeLoatch and her family on Feb. 20 after an argument in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven in Haverstraw.
The 32-year-old pregnant mother of six was killed. Her 35-year-old husband and children suffered non-life-threatening injuries.READ MORE: Despite More Sexual Harassment Accusers Coming Forward, Gov. Cuomo Says Again He Has No Plans To Resign
When officers responded, the suspect allegedly had knife and had to be taken into custody with a Taser.MORE NEWS: Anti-Violence Advocates Rally In Harlem Following Death Of 10-Year-Old Boy On Saturday
Mendez lived for a time in Texas, where his criminal record included charges for domestic violence and assaulting a public officer, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported.