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Driver in fatal crash indicted

The driver involved in fatal car crash last October has been formally indicted on two murder charges by the McCreary County Grand Jury.

sheaShea Coffey, 29, was indicted on two counts of Murder and one count of Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence this week by the Grand Jury meeting in their regular session.

According to the indictment, Coffey is charged with wantonly “driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs” and causing the death of Palace Anderson and Samuel Anderson.

The incident occurred on the night of October 7, 2014 when Coffey allegedly crossed the center line of U.S. 27 on Job Corps Hill and struck a southbound vehicle driven by Palace Anderson. Anderson, 68, and his son, Sam, 47, were killed in the horrific collision.

Coffey, who was partially ejected from his vehicle in the accident, suffered severe injuries as well, and was airlifted for medical treatment.

Other indictments released this week included:

Stephanie Ball, of Whitley City, who was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence and Assault Second Degree for reportedly driving on December 4, 2014, while under the influence of intoxicants and crashing her vehicle into a tree, causing serious physical injury to a three-year-old child who was a passenger in the vehicle.

Linda Baird and Danny Musgrove, both of Whitley City, were indicted on drug trafficking and possession of marijuana charges.

Baird was charged with two counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance Second Offense for allegedly possessing a quantity of methamphetamine and Hydrocodone on June 10. Musgrove was indicted on two counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance First Offense for allegedly possessing methamphetamine and Hydrocodone.

Both were also charged with Possession of Marijuana.

James Andrew Ball and Dustin Baltimore, both of Whitley City, were indicted for their alleged involvement with the April 6 break-in of storage unites owned by Eric Haynes.

The pair were charged with three counts of Burglary Third Degree, four counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking and one count of Criminal Mischief First Degree for reportedly breaking into the units and stealing various items.

Both subjects were also charged with being Persistent Felony Offenders.

Walter Zack Miller, of Pine Knot, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Resisting Arrest for a June 18 incident where he reportedly possessed a quantity of methamphetamine and items commonly used in the ingestion or distribution of illegal controlled substances, and attempted to destroy or conceal the drugs. He also allegedly attempted to prevent Kentucky State Police Trooper Shaler Jones from effecting the arrest at the time.

The Voice would like to remind our readers that an indictment is not an indication of one’s guilt or innocence, but represents that enough evidence exists in a case to pursue the matter in a court of law.


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