Heatley charged on six counts

Updated: September 21, 2004, 2:46 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- A judge has waived the arraignment for Atlanta Thrashers forward Dany Heatley, who has been charged with vehicular homicide and five other counts in the 2003 wreck that killed a teammate.

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.

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