Vermont man accused of running down girlfriend pleads not guilty

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RUTLAND, Vt. (WCAX) A man accused of running down and killing his girlfriend with his car in Proctor Saturday appeared before a judge Monday.

Anthony Reynolds, 48, of Pittsford, faces a slew of charges in the death of his girlfriend, Melanie Rooney, including involuntary manslaughter and aggravated domestic assault.

Monday in court, his lawyer argued that Reynolds should be released on strict conditions, but the state said that Reynolds has failed to appear in court nine separate times in the past.

Court paperwork says the night before Rooney's death, the couple got into an argument. And the document states Reynolds changed his story several times when he talked to police. After first telling police that he never drove his truck Friday night, he later stated that he thought Rooney's body in the road was a duffle bag.

"He then later admitted he did strike and kill Ms. Rooney and was unaware he even had done that until he went back to retrieve his cellphone," Rutland County State's Attorney Rosemary Kennedy said.

"That he had consumed a fair amount of alcohol by his own admission, he initially lied about knowing anything about Ms. Rooney's condition or having any involvement with it or even being at her residence," Vermont Superior Court Judge Theresa DiMauro said.

Reynolds pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.