Tribune-Courier News Reporter
The man charged with DUI manslaughter in the Thanksgiving Day crash that killed a young Marshall County mother appeared in Circuit Court yesterday after spending three and a half months in a Williamson County, Ill., jail on a separate set of charges.
David Buckingham, representing his client Jeffrey S. Nelson, 49, of Murray, entered a plea of not guilty to one count of second-degree manslaughter, DUI and first-degree bail jumping for the accident that killed 23-year-old Megean McCoy.
Nelson allegedly caused McCoy’s death when his vehicle crashed into hers while he was driving intoxicated in the wrong lane on U.S. Hwy. 68/Ky. 80 near Aurora early on the morning of Nov. 28.
After his arrest for the accident, Marshall County District Judge Jack Telle had granted Nelson a three-day release from jail on Dec. 5 to attend his mother’s funeral in Reynolds, Ga. Nelson fled rather than returning to Marshall County, which resulted in the additional charge of bail jumping.
After Nelson’s initial escape from custody, he proceeded to steal a vehicle and drive in the wrong direction on the interstate.
He was apprehended by police in Williamson County. He was taken into custody and charged with felony theft of a motor vehicle and driving under the influence.
Last week, Nelon was acquitted of the Williamson County DUI charges and the stolen vehicle charges were dropped.
He was found guilty of driving down the wrong side of the road and was sentenced to time served in Williamson County to expedite the process of returning him to Marshall County.
Nelson’s bond is set at $250,000.
Yesterday, Circuit Court Judge Dennis Foust set Nelson’s next court date for April 21.