Fatal DUI Crash Suspect Appears in Court

By: Phil Pendleton, Bureau Chief
By: Phil Pendleton, Bureau Chief

Williamsburg, Whitley County (WVLT) - An Anderson County man accused of causing a fatal accident on Interstate 75 in southeast Kentucky appeared in court Monday morning.

Raymond Garner was only before the judge for a few minutes, instead of hearing testimony, Garner's lawyer decided to go ahead and wait for the grand jury to decide the next step in Garner's fate.

Handcuffed and escorted by four police officers, Raymond Garner headed back to jail Monday afternoon where the judge ordered him to stay in lieu of a five million dollars cash bond.

Garner faces three counts of murder for the accident three weeks ago Monday.

Police say Garner was drunk when his pickup crossed from the northbound lanes of I-75 into the southbound lanes, slamming into three cars, killing an eight year old boy and a pregnant woman.

And Garner is accused of killing three people, but his attorney questions whether murder is the right charge.

Along the same lines, there is also the question as to whether Garner should be charged with murder or fetal homicide, because a pregnant woman was killed.

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  • by jake Location: kentucky on Sep 8, 2008 at 06:16 PM
    nothing is much said about drinking and driving, but a cigarett scares the public to death, i drother meet a man on the road smoking a cigarett than one with a whiskey bottle in his hand.that was so awful to hear of those the man killed its can't be described how awful this has affected their kin folks they have a rough road ahead of them , because they shall never forget...what happen to their loves ones"
  • by Deborah L. White Location: Sevierville, TN on Mar 18, 2008 at 03:42 PM
    I beleive Raymond Garner should receive the death penalty or life in prison. This man carelessly took 3 lives and destroyed families. He may have the right to drink, but what about the rights of these families and the children left behind with out a mother or brother? I was in the minivan that horrific night when his truck came through our window. He deserves even more than the courts can do to him!
  • by Kitty Location: Park Ridge Il on Jul 28, 2007 at 12:29 PM
    They should post the faces of the people he killed and they families he destroyed in his jail cell so he has to look at these daily--They should also make him work in a morg. so he can see what drunk driving causes.
  • by Chris Location: home on Jul 19, 2007 at 06:54 AM
    Someone knew this man was driving without a license, driving while drunk and did not stop him. I wonder if their conscience is keeping them awake at night. I hope so and the next time a family member,a friend or anyone you know gets in a car when they should not,call the police. You may save lives.
  • by John Location: NKY on Jul 17, 2007 at 11:00 AM
    Why hasn't his breathalyzer results been reported?
  • by N Bernal on Jul 17, 2007 at 10:37 AM
    Hang him!


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