SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

A former congressional aide accused of killing a woman while driving drunk has entered a not-guilty plea. Raymond Morua was in court Friday morning. 

Morua is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and hitting and killing 27-year-old Mallory Dies. He's also accused of then trying to leave the scene.
At the time Morua worked for Congresswoman Lois Capps. Capps says Morua was not on the job when the accident happened.

Morua's attorney, Daryl Genis says the not-guilty plea is more of a procedural move in order to keep the case moving forward. He adds that Morua is doing his part to take responsibility. Genis says: "He's been attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and working with inmates with veteran's issues and trying to be as productive with his time as possible. He's also reflecting on the harm that he's caused what his responsibility is to that."

If convicted Morua could face 20 years to life. He will be back in court April 15th to pick a date for a preliminary hearing