TODAY   |  August 07, 2013

Suspect in Venice Beach crash appears in court

The man accused of mowing down a group of pedestrians in Venice Beach, Calif., had his first court appearance on Tuesday, as the family of the woman killed in the crash speaks out. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.

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>>> the man accused of mowing down a group of pedestrians in california killing one had his first court appearance on tuesday. this as we are learning more about the victims. miguel has our story from los angeles .

>> reporter: the 38-year-old suspect facing nearly 3 dozen felony counts including murder pleaded not guilty in court.

>> he is disputing the stated facts and the facts as to his version will come out in a court of law .

>> with nathan campbell hold on more than $1 million of bail for this venice rampage we're learning more about the victim that was killed. she was strolling the boardwalk with her husband when the italian couple's dream honeymoon turned into a nightmare. she was one of 17 people struck by ayman driving a dodge avenger . her sister and her husband who survived the collision are planning her funeral.

>> there's no words to describe our situation.

>> with multiple security cameras watching them scrambled to stay alive, he swerved into the crowd. campbell who is said to be homeless and living in his car spent brief stints in jail for shoplifting and stretrespassing. he is distraught and he does not believe he is a homicidal person.

>> this week, a growing tribute for the victims as the man accused of the deadly collision faces the possibility of life in prison . for today, nbc news, los angeles .