Judge denies hearing for hit-and-run suspect

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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.

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