Jullie Reese, accused of reckless homicide in the death of her 12-year-old goddaughter, Sierra Hubbard, in June, pleaded not guilty to the charge Friday in Fayette Circuit Court.
A Fayette County grand jury indicted Reese, a Lexington resident, in September. Reese turned herself in, but she was released after posting bond.
Reese, 48, was driving a minivan that ran over Sierra, a student at Leestown Middle School, on Rookwood Parkway. Reese, Sierra and Sierra's two younger siblings apparently had been playing at Constitution Park shortly before the girl was struck. According to police, Sierra was walking next to the van and talking to people inside the van as the vehicle was moving at five mph or less. Sierra tried to get into the van and apparently fell as she did so. She was struck by one of the vehicle's rear wheels, according to police.
Police initially said that the death appeared to be accidental, but that toxicology test results were pending. The results have not been made public.
Reese told Fayette Circuit Judge Kimberly Bunnell on Friday that she was not employed and had no property. She was represented in court by public defender Chris Tracy, who said Reese's bond was paid by someone from her church.