James Bradley, who is the alleged driver of the 'death truck' that left dozens of illegal immigrants sweltering in the back of a tractor trailer on the city's south side last month, today pled Not Guilty to charges that could net him the death penalty, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Bradley is charged with conspiracy to transport and harbor undocumented aliens for financial gain resulting in death, one count of transportation of undocumented aliens resulting in death, as well as conspiracy charges and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Bradley declined to appear in federal court for a scheduled arraignment, and a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf.
Ten of the immigrants died, and many of of the others are in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials as material witnesses in the case against Bradley.
Bradley is set to appear in court for a hearing next month where depositions by some of the victims are expected to be heard.