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MEDFORD, Ore. — The man accused of killing a motorcyclist during a road rage incident appeared in court for the first time Friday.
Back in December 2017, police said victim Kevin Mayo and suspect Raleigh Rodrigues were involved in a road rage incident on Interstate 5. Mayo was on a motorcycle and Rodrigues was driving a pickup truck. Police said the pickup swerved into the motorcycle, forcing mayo off the freeway. He was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries.
"Kevin is missed. He is missed by all of us every single day. It's something we are never going to get over. Ever,” said Kevin’s step-mother, Kismet Mayo.
"The most difficult parts are my son lost his business and his best friend. My daughter lost her older brother and role model. The world lost a great man," his mother, Debbie Mayo said, fighting back tears.
Rodrigues faces charges of manslaughter in the first and second degrees. He appeared in court for the first time, four months after the incident happened. That is because he was able to post bail and was released from jail shortly after. Rodrigues plead not guilty in court to both of those charges at his arraignment Friday.
"Nothing unexpected happened. I think again it was a disappointment. I think I walked in with the whole 'do the right thing and just plead guilty.' Of course that didn’t happen," Debbie Mayo added.
The Mayo Family was shocked to see him in the courtroom.
"$250,000 for bail for killing somebody purposefully and intentionally. It’s ridiculous. It's ridiculous to stand in a courtroom with someone who has killed your son when he's not standing in shackles or in a prison uniform," Kismet Mayo said.
"We want justice for Kevin and we want justice for Kevin swiftly," said Kevin’s father, Chris Mayo.
If Rodrigues is convicted, he faces 10 years in prison.