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Student pleads not guilty to DUI in crash that killed boy, 4

September 19, 2018

KLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A University of Kentucky freshman charged with DUI in a crash that killed a child has pleaded not guilty.

News outlets report 18-year-old Jacob Heil wasn’t required to appear in court Wednesday because his charge is a misdemeanor. Heil’s attorney Chris Spedding entered the plea. Spedding declined to comment.

The student is accused in the death of 4-year-old Marco Lee Shemwell. Marco died Monday, two days after he was hit near the football stadium during Kentucky’s win against Murray State.

A police report filed in court said Heil had a blood alcohol level of .051, over the legal limit for people younger than 21. Police say Marco had been waiting with his family to cross the street.

University President Eli Capilouto said Heil and the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity he pledged are suspended pending investigations.

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