A Livermore man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two counts of murder for killing a mother and her baby in a crash last month while he was allegedly driving drunk and speeding.
Brian Jones, 35, who is being held at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin without bail, is scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court in Pleasanton on July 31 for a pretrial hearing.
Prosecutors and Livermore police allege that Jones lost control of his car while driving under the influence of alcohol and crashed into an apartment complex in the 900 block of Murrieta Boulevard just before 6:50 p.m. on May 2.
The collision killed 46-year-old Esperanza Morales-Rodriguez of Seaside and her 14-month-old daughter, Ulidia Perez-Morales, both of whom were pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said debris from the crash also struck two boys ages 6 and 7, who were taken to a hospital for treatment.
In addition to the two murder counts, Jones faces two felony counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, causing injury, as well as multiple victim and excessive speed clauses.
Livermore police said Jones had attended the Livermore Wine Country Festival before the collision.
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley said when her office filed charges against Jones that his blood alcohol content was determined to be 0.14 percent, well above the legal limit for drinking and driving, and he was under the influence of alcohol as he drove his car at speeds ranging from 75 mph to 99 mph through residential streets in Livermore.