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UK Student Indicted for Reckless Homicide Following Fatal Crash at Kentucky Football Game

A UK student accused of driving intoxicated in an accident that resulted in the death of a four-year old following a Kentucky football game has been charged with reckless homicide.

18-year-old Jacob Heil was originally only charged with driving under the influence back on September 15 for damages that eventually led to Marco Shemwell’s tragic death on September 17.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge back in September.

Christopher Spedding, Heil’s attorney, said they disagree with the additional charge and the defense will conduct its own investigation moving forward.

“However, we respect it and will defend Jacob vigorously because there will be more evidence as the case proceeds,” he said, via the Lexington Herald-Leader.

At the time of the incident, police records show Heil had a blood-alcohol level of 0.051 and the 18-year-old told law enforcement officials that he drank two beers earlier in the game and was tailgating for Kentucky’s matchup with Murray State.

Heil’s attorney told the Herald-Leader that the portable breath tests used at the time of the incident are “inherently unreliable” and are “strictly used as an investigative tool by the police.”

“The results are not admissible in court,” he said.

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto announced back in September that the school had suspended Heil and the fraternity he was pledging, Alpha Tau Omega, with the national ATO chapter dissolving its UK chapter the day after.

KSR’s Nick Roush also contributed to this report.

(The Herald-Leader)

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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3 Comments for UK Student Indicted for Reckless Homicide Following Fatal Crash at Kentucky Football Game



  1. StuckinLville
    11:39 am February 6, 2019 Permalink

    How can u disagree with the charge? He killed someone! Be thankful your client wasn’t charged with something more harsh.



    • Go Deep
      3:46 pm February 6, 2019 Permalink

      Hopefully you are never involved in an accident that results in a death. Maybe the little boy darted out into the street and no one could have stopped. We don’t know the details. I can have empathy for the young man while sympathizing for the devastation it caused the family of the child. See both sides.



  2. Tipa
    12:04 pm February 6, 2019 Permalink

    I’m still torn on this matter. On one hand, if he did not veer off the road that makes a difference. That intersection has no crosswalks. I know people frequently jaywalk that intersection during games, but the road has no crosswalk for a reason. On the other hand, everyone knows the legal limit under 21 will be blown with 1 beer in your system. We have obvious reasons for that law as well. I’m still not sure how I would feel as a juror on this case. Reckless Homicide does seem appropriate.