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UPDATE 11:40 a.m. :

Kacy Joy Laingen pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide at her arraignment this morning in District Court.

Laingen appeared in court with attorney Kelly Varnes, who told Judge Russell Fagg that arrangements are being made to represent the Shepherd woman in the criminal case. Fagg set bond at $10,000 after Deputy County Attorney David Carter said that amount had been agreed to by prosecutors and defense attorneys on the condition that Laingen not drink alcohol or drive if she posts bond.

Court records filed in the case allege that Laingen had consumed alcohol and prescription medication before the accident Oct. 21 that killed her 10-year-old daughter, MacKenzie Reffalt.

Laingen initially refused to provide a blood sample for testing after the accident, but investigators obtained a sample several hours later without her consent, court records state.

The sample showed Laingen had a blood-alcohol level of 0.13 percent, above the state legal limit of 0.08 percent.

A trial date has yet to be scheduled.

Investigators said the rollover wreck on Scandia Road appeared to have happened at a curve when Laingen over-steered the minivan, sending it off the road where it rolled several times.


The mother of a 10-year-old Shepherd girl killed in a one-vehicle rollover crash has been arrested on a charge of vehicular homicide.

Kacy Joy Laingen, 37, is scheduled to appear this morning in District Court for arraignment on the charge. She was arrested Monday on a $25,000 warrant and booked into the county jail.

Prosecutors allege Laingen was driving drunk on Oct. 21 when her minivan went off Scandia Road and rolled. Laingen's daughter, MacKenzie Reffalt, was ejected and killed. Laingen was also ejected and suffered some injuries.

Montana Highway Patrol investigators said the mother and daughter were not wearing seat belts.

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