Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan‘s brother Mark Kerrigan pleaded not guilty to upgraded charges of manslaughter and assault and battery during his Friday arraignment at Massachusetts’ Woburn Superior Court in the January 23 death of his 70-year-old father Daniel, RadarOnline.com has learned.
Authorities ordered Kerrigan held on $25,000 cash bail under conditions he continue to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet and stay on house arrest, except for medical or legal obligations. He agreed to not drink alcohol or use drugs, and be supervised by someone other than his mother to report probation violations, under the conditions spelled out by the court.
As RadarOnline.com has previously reported, Mark Kerrigan had been bickering with his father in their kitchen and “pushing him back and forth” when he collapsed, according to a police report. Police said they had to subdue Mark with pepper spray, as he appeared to be intoxicated. He told police that he placed his “hands around his father’s neck” during the conflict and believed his father was “faking it” when he fell to the ground.
District Attorney Gerard T. Leone, Jr. said Mark “should have known that the cruel acts that he committed against his elderly father, including grabbing him by the neck with enough force to cause a fracture, were highly likely to result in substantial harm and endanger his father’s life.”
Kerrigan will be back in court April 28 for a pre-trial conference.