Officer Martray Proctor's attorney told Eyewitness News the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer intends to plead not guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges.
Proctor had his first appearance in court on Friday, but he didn't show up. His attorney was there on his behalf.
Police claim Proctor was driving at least twice the speed limit in his patrol car, likely without his lights or sirens on, when he crashed into 20-year-old Shatona Robinson's car. Robinson died. Her three friends in the car survived.
They're not happy with the misdemeanor charge.
"We would have liked him to get murder," said Nafisa Robinson, the victim's cousin.
Former prosecutor Tony Scheer said murder charges for fatal car crashes aren't that common.
"Without impairment, like on alcohol or drugs, vehicular homicides are rarely murder. Racing is another example, because you know the danger you're causing others when you get behind the wheel," said Scheer.
Scheer, now a defense attorney, also showed Eyewitness News the range of possible sentences for Class E felonies, like involuntary manslaughter.
If found guilty, Proctor couldn't get more than about three years in prison, a far cry from what the family is asking.
"I would like him to get life in prison," said Robinson.
Even worse for the family, if a plea deal is reached, Proctor might not spend a single day behind bars.
"In this case, it's possible they may plead the case all the way down to a misdemeanor death by motor vehicle," said Scheer.
Proctor isn't expected back in court until May 11.