Alyssa Villanueva couldn't hold back the tears, as her entire family sat inside the courtroom. She pleaded not guilty on murder, gross vehicular manslaughter, manslaughter with negligence, failure to stop and DUI with injury charges. She's also facing a misdemeanor charge for driving with a suspended license which officials say was the result of a DUI.
Her attorney, Martin Taleisnik said, “She's devastated. She's very devastated and as one would expect, this is nothing she ever thought she'd find herself in. In this kind of situation and she's been cooperative as she can be.”
Meanwhile, the victim, 24-year-old Regan Johnson, will be laid to rest Wednesday morning at the Kingsburg Cemetery. Johnson was working a summer job as a construction worker on Highway 99 when she was hit and killed by a speeding car, last week. Police say Villanueva was driving the car that hit her. None of Johnson's family members came to the arraignment.
Villanueva's bail has been set at $1,219,000.
Her step-father, Antonio Rios, Jr. is also facing charges of obstruction.