Columbia man pleads not guilty to murder, drunken-driving charges

Thursday, May 30, 2013 | 9:00 a.m. CDT; updated 5:43 p.m. CDT, Thursday, May 30, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri man accused of killing a woman in a wrong-way drunken driving accident has pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge.

Twenty-nine-year-old Dennis Leporin of Columbia entered the plea Wednesday in Cole County Court. Besides the murder count, Leporin also is charged with assault, drunken driving persistent offender and driving while revoked.

Leporin was driving a Ford Ranger north on U.S. 54 West in the southbound lane at about 10 p.m. March 6 when he hit a Saturn Ion driven by Chelsea Fredrickson, 19, according to the Jefferson City Police Department.

Fredrickson was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the car, Jasper Richmond, survived.

Leporin pleaded guilty in May 2011 to driving while intoxicated, according to online court records. He was sentenced to two years' probation. In 2008, he pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner and was fined $400.


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