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Driver pleads not guilty in death of boy, 4

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — “She pleads not guilty,” Marleen Risa Ewily’s attorney, Public Defender Karlo Dizon, said Wednesday in the Superior Court of Guam.

Marleen Risa Ewily

In Magistrate Judge Jonathan Quan’s courtroom, Ewily, 24, sat quietly as her attorney submitted her not guilty plea. She is charged with vehicular homicide as a second-degree felony in the death of 4-year-old Jericho Zion David.

About six people — family members and friends — sat in the courtroom behind her and followed her out when the judge excused her.

Attorney Joseph Perez represented the government.

On May 7, Ewily was leaving a house near the Davids’ home to get to work. She got distracted as she was backing out of the driveway and felt the car hit a “bump,” court documents stated.

The two houses are among about a handful that sit at the end of a cul-de-sac in a Dededo neighborhood. David family members said the 4-year-old was in the home and for some reason ran outside. Surveillance video from the David residence shows him running out to the street then stumbling and falling near the car’s path. The video shows him signaling with both hands for Ewily to stop when she allegedly ran over him with the car. According to court documents, she attempted to render assistance to the boy.

She told authorities she had no idea what had happened.

Ewily has been on supervised release since May 28.

Her next court date is July 9 at 9:30 a.m. before Superior Court Judge Maria Cenzon.