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Cody Bright enters not guilty plea to manslaughter
Man faces felony charges from deadly multi-car crash

Cody Bright

Cody Bright

CAMP VERDE – Cody Bright appeared in custody before Judge Michael R. Bluff Monday for an arraignment for charges that root from a Nov. 23 three-vehicle crash on Cornville Road that killed his passenger and injured five others.

According to Dwight D’Evelyn, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office media relations coordinator, his charges include manslaughter, aggravated DUI, extreme DUI, DUI, four counts of endangerment, aggravated assault and two counts of criminal damage.

When deputies initially spoke with Bright, said D’Evelyn, he attempted to place the deceased passenger, as the driver of the suspect vehicle.

Defense attorney Matthew Cochran said he received initial disclosure, but not a significant amount. More time was granted, and Bright is set for his first case management, and a probation violation hearing, Jan. 23.

He had previously pleaded guilty Aug. 15 to driving under the influence (second offense within 84 months), driving on a suspended license, and vehicular endangerment after a July arrest.

Bright, 31, of Cottonwood, was sentenced to supervised probation for a period of five years. According to court documents, he also was sentenced to incarceration in the Yavapai County Jail for 90 days, with 60 days suspended, with the remaining 30 days commencing Aug. 15. Bright denies the probation violation allegation.