Connolly Pleads Not Guilty to Vehicular Homicide

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – An eastern Iowa man has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges including vehicular homicide in connection to a crash that killed four teenagers in August.

The Telegraph Herald reports 24-year-old Joseph Connolly, of Holy Cross, submitted a written plea to Dubuque District Court on Friday. He also asked for a speedy trial.

Connolly faces multiple charges in connection to the crash near Epworth. Connolly’s pickup hit a four-wheeled utility vehicle carrying Sean Kenneally, Mitchell Kluesner, Nicholas Kramer and Bryce Wilwert. They boys, all 14, were killed. Two passengers in Connolly’s car were injured.

Authorities say Connolly was intoxicated and speeding before the crash. He remains jailed on a $500,000 cash-only bond.

Connolly recently sought to have his bond reduced. A judge has yet to rule on the request.