Friday, June 17, 2016

McMain makes first court appearance, pleas innocent

Maxwell McMain, 19, of Union County, appeared in Union County court on Thursday, for arraignment in the June 5, 2016 vehicle accident that resulted in the death of Kaci Wood, 16, of Sebree.

McMain’s attorney entered a not guilty plea on of charges of (wanton) murder, driving under the influence (third offense, aggravated circumstances), driving on a DUI suspended license (second offense, aggravated circumstances), first-degree wanton endangerment and failure to wear a seat belt.
KRS 507.020 defines wanton murder as follows: Including, but not limited to, the operation of a motor vehicle under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to human life, he wantonly engages in conduct which creates a grave risk of death to another person and thereby causes the death of another person.

An additional charge of kidnapping was dropped prior to the court appearance after it was determined the case did not meet the statutory requirements.

Judge Daniel Heady denied a request to lower McMain’s bail from $1,000,000 to $100,000, but granted a request to issue a gag order.

The order prevents witnesses, court officials, law enforcement and attorneys from speaking with the media or public about the case in an attempt to prevent pretrial prejudice of the local jury pool.

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