Brett Gerald, 30, of Greensburg pleaded not guilty to seven counts of vehicular homicide.
His trial date was set for Dec. 10. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 200 years in prison.
Judge William Carmichael set Gerald’s bond at $1 million earlier in the month.
Gerald, still bound to a wheelchair with two broken ankles, had nothing to say.
The wreck happened on LA 67 near LA 412 in the town of Slaughter just before 10 p.m. on May 30. Investigators said Gerald’s 2007 Dodge pickup drove head-on into a 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis.
Investigators said Grandmother Brenda Gaines was driving her daughter, Denise Gaines, and Denise’s four children: Diamond Johnson, Jyran Johnson, Willie Gaines and Rogerick Johnson, Jr. Fellow church member, Angela Mosley, was also in the car. The group was headed back to Baton Rouge from a bible study in Clinton.
Brenda, Denise, Diamond, Jyran and Angela were killed instantly in the crash. Willie Gaines was taken off life support June 3. Rogerick Johnson died Sunday, June 10.
According to the Louisiana State Police, Gerald was celebrating his 30th birthday and was under the influence of alcohol. After testing his blood alcohol content, troopers said Gerald’s BAC was .15g percent, which is nearly twice the legal limit of .08g percent.
Gerald's charges also include a second offense DWI, an element his attorney says he plans to review with a fine toothed comb.
This incident is not the first time Gerald has been charged with a DWI. Records show he was arrested in 2008 in East Feliciana Parish for DWI, but served no jail time. He was also charged with DWI last spring in Denham Springs. He served 48 hours in jail for that.
After Tuesday morning’s court hearing, the victims’ family returned to the scene of the crash to pray at the crosses marking the spot where the lives of seven were lost.