The trial of a man accused of shooting and killing an alleged thief two years ago has been pushed to next year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Kelly Allen, charged with reckless homicide in the shooting death of Jeremy Scott on May 31, 2018, was originally scheduled for trial Aug. 26-28, but the case was continued due to the pandemic, according to Marshall County Commonwealth’s Attorney Dennis Foust.
Though the trial date was reset, he is confident that Allen’s case would still go to trial, likely on April 14-16, 2021. His final pretrial review is scheduled for March 23, 2021.
On May 30, 2018, Allen reported that Scott had stolen anhydrous ammonia from a tank on Allen’s property. At approximately 3:40 a.m. the next day, Allen reportedly heard an ATV near the tank, prompting him to grab his .38 revolver and investigate.
According to police reports, Allen believed he had shot above Scott’s head while Scott was headed towards the road on his ATV. However, after firing twice, Allen saw him stop at the end of the driveway. When Allen approached him, he saw he had hit Scott in the left side. Reportedly, Allen told his wife to call 911, but Scott was dead by the time paramedics arrived.
In the same report, Marshall County Sheriff’s Detective Jeff Daniel said Scott was stealing anhydrous ammonia and that Allen never intended to hit Scott when he fired his gun.
In a separate proceeding, Kevin West was arraigned last Tuesday. Foust said West pleaded not guilty to two counts of Second-Degree Manslaughter; Second-Degree Assault; First-Degree Trafficking in a Controlled Substance — First Offense (Drug Unspecified); First-Degree Trafficking in a Controlled Substance — First Offense (Methamphetamine); Buying/Possessing Drug Paraphernalia; Third-Degree Possession of a Controlled Substance (Drug Unspecified); and Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs W/.08 Aggravated — First Offense; and Careless Driving.
West was involved in a wreck on March 8, 2020 that left two Marshall County residents, Randall Massey and Youlane Cathey, dead.
At a prior hearing in Marshall County Court, Marshall County Sheriff’s Deputy Blake Maness stated he responded to the wreck on U.S. 68 near the Moors Camp Highway intersection. West and his passenger, Massey, were traveling east, but then allegedly veered into the opposite lane when approaching a line of vehicles waiting to turn left at the intersection, a witness told Maness. At that point, West’s vehicle was struck by a vehicle traveling west.
Massey was trapped inside West’s vehicle. All four occupants of the other vehicle, including Cathey, were taken to hospitals. Cathey was pronounced dead at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
Maness said he had spoken to West at the scene, but found him to be incoherent and showing signs of impairment. While patting West down, Maness reported he discovered a bag containing drugs in West’s pocket, which were believed to be hydrocodone, clonazepam and naloxone, and a few grams of suspected methamphetamine.
A search of West’s vehicle also revealed various drug paraphernalia, some potentially related to drug trafficking.
West is scheduled for a status conference on Oct. 15.