DHS Pilot Pleads Not Guilty in Drowning Death Case 

A Department of Homeland Security helicopter pilot has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he lied to investigators over his role in the 2005 drowning of a would-be illegal immigrant. Forty-one-year-old James Peters was charged in the incident on the Texas-Mexico border. Peters is stationed in Maine, but his attorney appeared on his behalf in federal court in Houston on Tuesday. The attorney said Peters entered the pleas via court filing last week. Prosecutors say Peters lied about a December 14, 2005, incident near a border bridge in which Peters flew his helicopter low in an attempt to force back two people trying to cross the river on an inner tube. They say one of the two lost his hold on the inner tube and drowned. (AP)