Judge denies hearing for hit-and-run suspect

April 24, 2008 5:50:38 PM PDT
A suspect charged in a fatal hit-and-run attempted to get out of jail Thursday.

A judge denied the suspect's request Thursday in a Johnston County court.

Hipolito Hernandez is accused of killing a 7-year-old child while driving drunk.

He's charged with second-degree murder for the death of Marcus Lassiter.

Hernandez's attorney pleaded with the judge saying, "Your honor, he's being held under a high bond and we're here. We request a hearing at this time."

The judge denied that request and set a new court date for May 22.

Lassiter's family has reportedly vowed to attend every court appearance until Hernandez is sentenced.

Hernandez initially gave authorities a fake name, raising suspicions he might be an illegal immigrant, but Immigration and Customs Enforcement has yet to release his immigration status.