Collins Man Rejects Plea in DWI, Manslaughter Case

October 21, 2010 Updated Oct 21, 2010 at 12:21 PM EDT

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October 21, 2010 Updated Oct 21, 2010 at 12:21 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - 54-year-old Ronald Tackentien of Collins was in court Thursday morning where he was expected to take a plea deal.

Tackentien is accused of DWI and Manslaughter in connection with a fatal motorcycle accident that killed his passenger, Beth Szymanski, of Springville back in June.

Tackentien was expected to accept a plea offer but had a change of heart in court Thursday morning and rejected that offer. The case is now expected to move to trial.