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Mourners hold candles Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, during a candlelight vigil attended by abut 1,000 at Harwood Union High School in Duxbury, Vt., for the teenaged victims killed in Saturday night's crash on Interstate 89 in Williston. Four of the five teens killed by the wrong-way driver were students at Harwood. The fifth student killed was from Fayston and attended a private school in New Hampshire. (Stefan Hard/Times Argus via AP)
October 14, 2016 - 8:50 AM

BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Latest on the Vermont man charged with murder in the wrong-way crash that killed five high school students (all times local):

10:15 p.m.

The Vermont man suspected of driving the wrong way on an interstate highway and causing a fiery crash that killed five teenagers has pleaded not guilty to five counts of second-degree murder.

Steven Bourgoin was arraigned Friday in a conference room at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, where he is recovering from his injuries from the crash. He was wheeled into the room by a state trooper and a health care worker.

Bourgoin's attorney entered the not guilty plea.

The judge also ordered a competency hearing and agreed that Bourgoin should be held without bail.

Police say Bourgoin crashed into the teens' car in Williston and then stole a police cruiser before crashing it into at least seven other vehicles Oct 8.

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9:40 a.m.

Court documents say a man suspected of driving the wrong way on a Vermont interstate and causing a fiery crash that killed five teenagers was facing foreclosure and was involved in legal proceedings around domestic and child custody issues.

The documents were filed in a court to support the charges of second-degree murder in the deaths of five teenagers. Their vehicle was struck by a pickup truck that police say was driven by Steven Bourgoin.

The 36-year-old Bourgoin is expected to be arraigned Friday during a court hearing held at the hospital where he is being treated for injuries he suffered in the crash.

Police say Bourgoin crashed into the teens' car and then stole a police cruiser before crashing it into at least seven other vehicles Oct 8.

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12:50 a.m.

A man suspected of driving the wrong way on an interstate and causing a fiery crash that killed five teenagers and critically injured himself is expected to be arraigned on five counts of second-degree murder.

Police say 36-year-old Steven Bourgoin crashed into the teens' car in Williston and then stole a police cruiser before crashing it into at least seven other vehicles late Saturday night. Chittenden County state's attorney TJ Donovan has said he "would not classify what occurred on Interstate 89 as an accident."

Bourgoin is to be arraigned Friday in a conference room of the hospital, where his condition has been upgraded from critical to good.

Public defenders working on his case have not returned phone calls or emails seeking comment.

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