Eighteen-year-old Trevor Edwards is facing one count of murder, four counts of assault and driving under the influence following Tuesday’s session of a Grayson County Grand Jury.
The charges against Edwards stem from an accident that claimed the life of 65-year-old Henry M. Casey of Caneyville on April 21.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Norman Chaffins said Edwards, of Falls of Rough, was traveling north on Watershed Road when he lost control of the 1998 Ford Ranger he was driving and slammed into a car carrying Casey and three other passengers.
Chaffins added said that never in his 15-year career has he known of a teen in Grayson County being charged with murder in a traffic fatality.
“He was going too fast as he came around the corner and when he hit his brakes the truck skidded head-on into the Nissan Altima that Casey was a passenger in,” said Chaffins. “The teen admitted he had been drinking alcohol and agreed to a blood test.”
The four in the Altima included the driver, Elmer C. Stewart, Jr., Casey and two children.
Casey died on the way to Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center.
“The blood alcohol test results showed .05 percent alcohol in Edward’s blood stream but the drug toxicology resulted proved there were no other drugs in his system,” said Chaffins.
The grand jury also indicted the man who allegedly supplied Edwards with the alcohol that attributed to the wreck. Chance Mudd was indicted for first degree wanton endangerment.
Because Edwards was 17 at the time of the accident the charges were originally filed in juvenile court, but the charges met the criteria of the Kentucky Revised Statute (KRS) to send the case to circuit court. Edwards may be tried as a youthful offender in the adult courts.
Editor’s Note: An indictment is an allegation only. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty.