DUI suspect charged in deaths of officer, UK employee pleads guilty

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT)- A woman charged in the death of an off-duty Louisville Police officer and a UK employee pleaded guilty in court on Friday in connection to the crime.

Police charged Suzanne Whitlow with two counts of manslaughter and DUI. In October of 2016, investigators say Whitlow crashed into Louisville Police officer Jason Schweitzer and UK employee Timothy Moore.

On Friday Whitlow pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter in the second degree and DUI persistent felony offender. Her sentencing is scheduled to occur on March 16.

"Talking about finding justice in this is going to be difficult. How do you find justice for the loss of someone you were close with like that?," Nicolai Jilek, River City FOP president, said. "This is all a part of the process and we'll just have to take each step as it comes and work through that, but those are her rights and she's due her rights and, at this point, hopefully we'll get closer to some closure."

In February of 2017, Whitlow's attorney entered a not guilty plea on her behalf.

Following the original plea, Whitlow's attorney asked the court to throw out her blood tests following the crash in June. Whitlow's attorney says Lexington Police violated state law, as well as Whitlow's 4th Amendment rights by getting a court order for UK Hospital to draw her blood instead of a search warrant.

Timothy Moore, 56, served in the Navy. The father of three and grandfather of 12 worked in utility management at UK and was a year away from retirement. Police officer Jason Schweitzer left behind his daughter Avery and wife Jessica, who gave birth to their son shortly following the crash.

Shortly following the incident, WKYT looked into Suzanne Whitlow's criminal history and found a prior DUI conviction.



 
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