Teen Pleads Not Guilty To Killing His Friends In Crash

February 1, 2011 Updated Feb 1, 2011 at 1:51 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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February 1, 2011 Updated Feb 1, 2011 at 1:51 PM EDT

John Schmitz, 19, was in a Niagara County Courtroom and pled not guilty to a number of charges stemming from a car accident that killed two of his friends that were riding with him in September.

Schmitz was charged with two counts of Criminal Negligent Homicide, two counts of Manslaughter in the second degree and Reckless Driving along with five other minor traffic violations.

Schmitz was driving the car that smashed in a tree on Youngstown-Lockport Road killing Taylor Messing, 17 and Jeremy Campbell, 19. Blood tests show no alcohol or drugs were involved with the crash but he was going at high speeds.

Victim Taylor Messing's mother Kat Messing spoke with Channel 7 after the hearing.

"My daughter was a beautiful person and she's still a beautiful person. She beautiful and caring and missed a lot by a lot of people," Messing said.

Schmitz was released with no bail under the condition that he does not drive a car under any circumstances.

He will face a judge for a pre-trial hearing on April 4th. If the case goes to trial, it will be scheduled for the beginning of August.