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      Alger County man charged with negligent homicide

      A 48-year-old Alger County man appeared in court Tuesday for a preliminary examination regarding an incident in Au Train Township that left a woman dead this past June.

      Thomas Murdock is charged with negligent homicide after he allegedly ran over 44-year-old Lisa Hardwick with his vehicle.

      Investigators with the Michigan State Police say Hardwick's death appears to be unintentional.

      The court heard several testimonies including those of an expert pathologist, a traffic crash reconstruction expert, and a witness.

      "I heard him get out of the vehicle and yell for help," said the witness. "So I ran around the north end of the building and he said, 'I ran over Lisa. I need help, I think she's dying.'"

      Murdock is also charged with one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, his third offense since 1995. He also faces one count of possession of a controlled substance.

      All the charges against Murdock were bound to circuit court. Murdock will appear in circuit court August 15.

      If convicted, Murdock could receive a maximum of 15 years in prison.