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Zahne pleads not guilty

Darrell Zahne pleaded not guilty in Mohave County Superior Court Tuesday for his role in a fatal accident earlier this month that killed a 16-year-old Kingman girl.

As more than a dozen relatives of Christina Burcham looked on, Superior Court Judge Richard Weiss set Nov.

7 as Zahne's next court date.

Zahne, 23, of Page, is charged with second degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly crashed his pickup Oct.

1 into a motorcycle that was carrying Burcham, 16, on Bank Street and Northern Avenue.

Burcham, a passenger on the motorcycle, was taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center where she died from head injuries later that night.

Burcham, a student at Kingman High school, would have turned 17 the next day.

Zahne's pickup truck was allegedly traveling in excess of 60 mph that night when it struck the motorcycle driven by Robert Goodhue.

Zahne's blood alcohol level was tested at .254 percent, more than twice the legal limit.

Goodhue, 18, of Kingman was airlifted to the University Medical Center in Las Vegas and was listed in guarded condition.

The maximum penalty for second degree murder is 22 years in prison.

A guilty verdict for the aggravated assault charge could tack on another 15 years, Chief Deputy County Attorney Jace Zack said.

Harry Sampson, 26, of Kingman, a passenger in Zahne's truck, was also arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct while he was treated for minor injuries at KRMC.


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