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UPDATE: Not guilty pleas entered for Hwy 30 crash suspect

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Online court records show not guilty pleas were entered for the man accused in a deadly crash in Dane County.

Authorities say 25-year-old Brandon Ballweg caused the crash that killed a Cottage Grove couple in February.

A judge bound over Ballweg for trial in April.


UPDATE (WKOW) -- Brandon Ballweg's case is headed to trial.

Court records show the 25-year-old waived his preliminary hearing and was bound over for trial during a hearing on Thursday.

Ballweg is accused of causing a crash on Highway 30 in Madison in February that killed a Cottage Grove couple.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Brandon Ballweg, the man accused of causing a crash on Hwy 30 in February that killed two people, is expected to be in court for a preliminary hearing.  He faces seven felony charges.  Four of those are homicide-related.  Ballweg also faces two misdemeanor charges in connection with the crash.  

At the preliminary hearing the prosecution will present some sort of evidence, possibly a witness testimony, supporting that Ballweg, 25, caused the crash killing Kirk U'Ren, 37, and his wife Jennifer Steiner, 34.  If the court finds probable cause, he will be bound over for trial.  

According to a criminal complaint filed, a blood test found traces of marijuana and cocaine in Ballweg's blood three hours after the crash.  However, when 27 News spoke exclusively to Ballweg in a February jailhouse interview, he denied using any substance before driving.  

"I was not under the influence of anything, the day of, I was fine, I wasn't under anything," Ballweg said.  In that same interview, he told 27 News he had one drink the night before the crash.  In the criminal complaint, Ballweg also admitted to smoking marijuana the night before at a friend's party. 

Police have determined Ballweg was driving between 87 to 92 miles an hour in a 45 mph speed zone.  Ballweg said he didn't think he was speeding.  

The preliminary hearing is at 9:00 a.m.  

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