A former Nebraska State Patrol trooper entered not guilty pleas to three charges Thursday and requested a hearing to have one of the charges dismissed.
Tim Flick appeared in Sheridan County Court Thursday afternoon, in front of a standing room only crowd of mostly friends and family, and entered not guilty pleas to misdemeanor counts of motor vehicle homicide and making a false statement and to careless driving, an infraction. His attorney, Dave Domina, requested a hearing to argue an affirmative defense on the careless driving count, saying that the statute of limitations has expired.
Flick’s trial has been set for the week of June 4 in the Sheridan County District Courtroom. If convicted, he could face up to two years in jail and fines of up to $2,000 on the two misdemeanor charges. The careless driving charge carries a fine of $100.
Flick was fired from the State Patrol earlier this year following an investigation into several incidents involving the agency. He is accused of causing the death of Antoine L. Ladeaux, 32, of Pine Ridge, S.D., during a pursuit in Sheridan County after LaDeaux allegedly ran a stop sign on a county road north of Gordon. He is also accused of making a false statement under oath about the incident two months after it occurred.
A Sheridan County grand jury, convened as required by law after the death of an individual in custody, determined Flick committed no wrongdoing. But in the wake of the broader investigation of the Nebraska State Patrol, District Judge Travis O’Gorman appointed former U.S. Attorney Joe Stecher as a special prosecutor to look into the matter further.
Stecher filed the charges against Flick in late February.