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: Suffolk Police: Ganessa Gordon, 18, Reported Missing In Brentwood
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.READ MORE: 'Best Small Cities In America': New Jersey Communities Make Top 25
The 32-year-old pregnant mother of six was killed. Her 35-year-old husband and children suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
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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.