Man accused of deadly hit-and-run cover up enters ‘not guilty’ plea

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Dan Sinclair mugshot from 2018 – Photo courtesy of Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

The man accused of covering up a hit-and-run crash that killed an 18-year-old man entered a not guilty plea Monday.

Dan Sinclair, 50, turned himself in Wednesday. His arraignment was set for Monday morning. He faces charges of tampering with evidence and perjury in relation to the crash.

Sinclair’s attorney, Geraldo Olivo, filed paperwork for the plea Friday afternoon excusing Sinclair from showing up to his arraignment Monday.

The judge discussed the possibility of issuing a bench warrant if the required documents were not filed. The judge also called Sinclair’s name a second time with his lawyer present.

The judge later confirmed a not guilty plea was filed after Sinclair’s attorney entered the courtroom.

Sinclair’s next court date is set for 1:30 p.m. on May 15.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated councel was late and a bench warrant was issued for Sinclair. Paperwork was filed with the court Friday meaning Sinclair and councel did not need to be present and no warrant was issued.

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