Orono Hit & Run Suspect Pleads Not Guilty 

The man accused of running down and killing a 20-year-old University of Maine student in a hit and run accident back in January appeared in a Bangor courtroom this morning.22-year-old Garrett Cheney of South Berwick pled not guilty to four charges, including manslaughter, aggravated criminal OUI, and leaving the scene of an accident.Police say Cheney was driving drunk in Orono when he struck and killed 20-year-old Jordon Bakley of Camden.District Attorney Christopher Almy says all the evidence in this case points to Cheney as the culprit. “The state police and the Orono police have worked hard accumulating a lot of evidence,” Almy says, “we have lots of physical evidence that connects the defendant’s vehicle with the crash site. We have witnesses that saw the defendant leave that very area, very early in the morning just before the crash.” Defense attorney William T. Bly, from the law offices of Nielsen and Bly in Biddeford, says police have arrested and charged the wrong man. “This investigation, from what I’ve seen, I truly believe they’ve got the wrong guy,” says Bly, “I really do. I think there’s somebody else out there that’s responsible for it. I can’t comment on all the evidence right now but I think we’ve got a very strong case from a defense perspective.”Cheney remains free on bail. If he’s convicted on all charges he faces a maximum of 30 years in prison.