SEATTLE (WLFI) - A man accused of killing a Kokomo couple while driving drunkenly has been formally charged. He could spend nearly 42 years behind bars for the fatal Seattle crash on March 25.
"Yes ma'am," said Mark Mullan.
Those were the only words Mullan spoke in a Seattle courtroom Friday. Mullan has been formally charged for a drunken driving crash that killed Dennis and Judy Schulte of Kokomo last month. Their daughter-in-law, Karina, and her newborn son, Elias, were also involved in the crash. They are still in critical condition.
Mullen's attorney answered to two counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of assault.
"We have formal reading and ask that pleas of not guilty be entered on all counts," said the attorney.
Prosecutors say the not guilty plea is mandatory for this type of case in a first arraignment.
Prosecutor Amy Freedheim is pushing for more than the standard maximum sentence of 19 1/2 years for Mullan. She said the extent of injuries to Karina and Elias could tack on an extra 20 years. Also, Mullan's previous DUI will add two more years.
The Schultes, along with Karina and Elias, were crossing the road street at the time Mullan hit them. Family members said the couple flew out in February for Elias' birth.
News 18 reported in March that both Dennis and Judith were retired school educators with strong reputations for their caring for their students.
Mullan is being held on a $2.5 million bond. Field tests after the crash show that his blood alcohol level was at .22.
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