Judge Rowland Barnes is allowing Heatley's lawyers to enter an
not-guilty plea in writing. Heatley's next court date is scheduled
for late November.
Police say Heatley was driving his black Ferrari convertible
between 60 mph and 90 mph on a curved road in a residential area
when it ran into a brick pillar and iron fence on Sept. 29, 2003.
Dan Snyder, 25, died after six days in a coma, and Heatley broke
his jaw and tore two ligaments in his knee. The Canadian citizen
returned to play with the team in January.
Heatley was indicted July 16 by a Fulton County grand jury,
charged with first- and second-degree vehicular homicide, reckless
driving, driving too fast for conditions, failure to maintain his
lane and speeding.
The crash split Heatley's car and left Snyder, of Elmira,
Ontario, with fatal head injuries.
Heatley faces a maximum of 20 years behind bars and fines
totaling $5,000 if convicted on all six counts.