Trial set for defendant in motorcyclist's deathAP , Associated Press
Nov. 5, 2013 7:52 PM ET
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — An Eucadoran man living illegally in Massachusetts has been found competent to stand trial in the 2011 death of a motorcyclist police said he struck and dragged while driving drunk.
The Telegram & Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1aDruTI) a Worcester judge set an April 3 trial date for 36-year-old Nicolas Dutan Guaman on Tuesday.
His attorneys have hired an interpreter who speaks his indigenous Quecha (KECH'-wah) dialect and an outside legal expert to help him understand. The judge had said earlier Dutan Guaman wasn't able to understand the charges or work with his defense lawyer because of language difficulty.
Dutan Guaman has pleaded not guilty to several charges including second-degree murder.
Prosecutors allege he ran a stop sign in Milford and struck 23-year-old Matthew Denice's motorcycle, then dragged Denice under his pickup truck for a quarter-mile before stopping.
Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com