Cory Simmons, Joplin, pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter Tuesday...the same day that he turned 18.
Simmons waived his arraignment in McDonald County Circuit Court, where his case has been sent on a change of venue from Newton County. His trial is scheduled for July 18, with a motion hearings on tap June 29.
Simmons was charged in connection with the Feb. 11 traffic accident in which Joplin High School student-athlete Christina Freeman, a passenger in the car Simmons was driving, was killed. Joplin police say Simmons was driving while intoxicated.