Alleged drunk driver pleads not guilty in three deaths

The mother of one of three young men allegedly killed by a drunk driver says his pleas of not guilty show her "there's not one bit of remorse."

Johnathan Pratt's trial began Monday in Wetaskiwin.

The charges against him include three counts each of manslaughter and impaired driving causing death.

Bradley Arsenault, Kole Novak, and Thaddeus Lake were killed in the two vehicle collision in November 2011.

Brad's mother, Sheri Arsenault, says the not guilty pleas were hard to take.

"It's not really a surprise, but to hear nine not guilty pleas - it's just heartbreaking," explained Arsenault. "It's just unbelievably heartbreaking for me, my family and the other two families, because we lost our sons - they were killed."

She says Pratt's life, meanwhile, was saved by emergency crews who found him pinned under his vehicle after the collision, adding there appeared to be no remorse in Pratt's body language at the start of the trial.

"No, not at all. He was playing on his iPhone, he was walking around, he had a couple family members with him, but there was absolutely no look of remorse in his face or in his body language, and his not guilty pleas were very clear and he didn't bat an eye."

Pratt's trial is scheduled to last three weeks, and Arsenault says she can feel the presence of the young men he's accused of killing in the courtroom.

"Yes, I do. I have the total feeling that we have three angels in that room and possibly many others that have been killed senselessly by impaired drivers."