Two Thousand Oaks brothers pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of involuntary manslaughter in the April death of a 14-year-old boy whom they allegedly goaded into chug-a-lugging whiskey.
David Campbell, 29, and Patrick Campbell, 23, were arraigned in Malibu Municipal Court for the alcohol poisoning death of Leland Scovis, the youngest of a group of five teen-age boys the defendants were chaperoning on a camping trip at Leo Carrillo State Beach.
The Campbells were each charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter, four counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. They remain free on $5,000 bail that each posted when they were arrested in May.
Another chaperon, Priscilla Vernon, 21, of Newbury Park pleaded not guilty to charges of being an accessory to involuntary manslaughter and to contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Vernon, who is free on her own recognizance, is the sister of one of the boys and is engaged to David Campbell.