Pilot in Hudson River crash pleads not guilty

Pilot in Hudson River crash pleads not guilty

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NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) - A prosecutor says the man accused of crashing a powerboat into a barge on New York's Hudson River, killing two friends, told rescuers he'd been "drinking all day."

Rockland County Assistant District Attorney Stephen Moore made the disclosure Wednesday at the arraignment for Jojo John.

The Nyack resident pleaded not guilty to all 18 counts in an indictment. They include vehicular manslaughter and operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The judge set bail at $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash. Defense attorney David Narain said John is likely to make the lower figure.

A bride-to-be and her fiance's best man were thrown from the boat and drowned on July 26.

The defense disputes alcohol test results. It blames poor barge lighting for the crash.

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