West Seneca, NY - The man accused of driving drunk during the crash that killed the West Seneca Democratic Party Chair last month pleaded not guilty Tuesday night in court.
Our cameras were not allowed inside the courtroom Tuesday night as Robert Styn of West Seneca pleaded not guilty to two DWI charges related to the crash that killed 33-year-old West Seneca Democratic Party Chair and Erie County Holding Center deputy Daniel McParlane.
"Do you think you have a good case for your client?" asked Channel 2's Kelly Dudzik.
"Yes we do. We will take this case to trial," said defense attorney James Vallone.
Styn's attorney told Town Justice Jeffrey Harrington his client has been with his employer for over 30 years and has served as a volunteer firefighter.
He asked Harrington to allow Styn to leave court on his own recognizance without bail being set.
The judge agreed saying since Styn is not facing higher charges beyond the two misdemeanor DWIs, he was not going to set bail.
Vallone says prosecutors wanted bail set at five-thousand dollars.
"The only two charges confronting my client are the DWI and that's the case that we intend to try," he said.
The deadly crash happened last month in West Seneca. Police say the weather may have contributed to the crash.
"My client has not been charged with this accident, the two charges that are in front of the court are the two DWI counts and that's all we have at the present time," says Vallone.
Records from the Town of West Seneca Justice Court show Styn registered a .21 blood alcohol content after the crash which is more than twice the legal limit.
The records also show Styn told police McParlane's car was spinning out of control and "doing 360s" in the road and that there was nothing he could do to avoid hitting McParlane's car.
After the crash, Styn failed four out of six field sobriety tests.
He also told police he'd been drinking at a friend's home.
The documents show the District Attorney's office intends to take this case to a grand jury, which will decide if there is enough evidence to go to trial.
The prosecutor would not talk with us after Styn's arraignment.
Styn is expected back in court January 14.