A Powell man who confessed in an online video to causing a fatal wrong-way crash after a night of heavy drinking has entered a preliminary plea of not guilty.
Attorneys for Matthew Cordle said the plea is a procedural step allowing a judge to be appointed at random to accept a guilty plea.
The attorneys say Cordle still plans to plead guilty as soon as possible to accept responsibility for the June crash.
"It would have been nice to get everything wrapped up and done, but the fact that we have a date and know what he's going to do on that date will bring Matt some relief," said George Breitmayer, Cordle's attorney.
Cordle has been charged with one count of aggravated vehicular homicide and one count of operating a vehicle under the influence.
It was not immediately known when the guilty plea would be made.
Franklin County Judge Julie Lynch has set a combined $255,000 bond.
"He wants to stay in jail to keep people assured that he's there and that his message is strong. He's doing this to raise awareness. Not in any way to get leniency by any judge," said Breitmayer of Ross and Middian Law Firm.
Cordle's father, David Cordle, told 10TV that he is proud of his son for releasing the video and that his family fully supports him.
Officials told 10TV that Cordle could receive two to eight years on the aggravated vehicular homicide charge.
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