- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A 24-year-old Barre woman accused of intentionally causing an accident that killed an EMT in a failed attempt to take her own life is facing new charges alleging she assaulted another inmate.

The Burlington Free Press (https://bfpne.ws/2ePx6l6 ) reports that Karri Benoir pleaded not guilty Monday in Burlington to simple assault charges.

She pleaded not guilty last year to second-degree murder and grossly negligent driving with death resulting charges stemming from the July 2015 crash that killed 30-year-old Brendon Cousino.

Benoir has been held at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility since last November after prosecutors say she violated release conditions by living without her mother.

An affidavit filed last month says Benoir grabbed and punched a fellow inmate in August. It says she kicked a corrections officer who tried to intervene.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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