JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A man accused of killing a father of 14 in a drunken driving crash pleaded not guilty to a DUI manslaughter charge Tuesday.
Police said Najee Hillsman was driving drunk when he crossed the median and hit Alvin Nelson’s car head-on.
Tuesday, Hillsman was in court for his arraignment.
Nelson’s family, who were also present in court, said they believe Hillsman should be charged with more deaths.
Nelson's family members said during the deadly crash, Nelson’s passenger was the mother of his unborn twins. The woman miscarried both babies. The family said Hillsman should be facing three DUI manslaughter charges instead of one.
Najee Hillsman walked into court, quietly and without expression, and entered a not-guilty plea for causing the crash that killed Nelson, a father of 14 children. Nelson’s father is heartbroken.
"That was my only child, and he took that from me," Donald Mitchell said of his son.
Mitchell is now caring for his son’s children. Family members said no sentence could ever be punishment enough for Hillsman.
"All we are seeking is justice, although (whether) they lock him up for 20 to 100 years, it's not going to bring Alvin back, but you've got to pay for the crime you committed," Minnie McDonald, the grandmother of two of Nelson's children, said.
Nelson’s family said they are concerned that Najee Hillsman is not remorseful after seeing him smile while the attorneys discussed the minimum possible sentence in court.
"For me to stand in court this morning and see this young man with a smile -- a grin -- on his face and have no remorse in the world, that just torn me and my family apart," Nelson's sister, Sharonda Scott, said.
Scott said her brother was driving the pregnant mother of his soon-to-be twin boys.
The family said the pregnant woman suffered two broken legs and a miscarriage. They want Hillsman charged with manslaughter for the babies' deaths, too.
"It's very important for me to be here to seek justice for my brother and the two unborn nephews," Scott said.
One of Nelson’s children had a message for anyone whose father is still alive.
"Cherish him while he is here, because when he is gone he will never come back," Nelson's daughter, Beyonce Bennett, said.
Hillsman will be back in court for his first pretrial hearing Dec. 12.
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