May 22, 2018
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Maine marine denies charges in double fatal crash

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — A U.S. Marine from Maine has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and drunken driving charges in connection with a car crash in June that resulted in the death of his sister and another passenger.

The Kennebec Journal reports that Travis Lawler was released on $1,000 cash bail after pleading not guilty Tuesday to two counts of manslaughter and aggravated operating under the influence.

Prosecutors say the 23-year-old Lawler was home on leave from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina when the car he was driving went off the road and crashed into a tree in Belgrade on June 16.

His sister, 20-year-old Kristin Lawler of Oakland, died at the scene. Another passenger, 25-year-old Jackson Bolduc of Belgrade, died the next day. A third passenger survived.

His lawyer had no comment.

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