Former Garrard County Official Pleads Not Guilty

A former Garrard County Official plead not guilty to murder charges.

State Police say Dwayne Nave was drunk when he crashed his county owned SUV into another car on US 27.

Alongside his wife and daughters, Nave appeared in court with the help of a walker. On April 29, Nave was involved in deadly accident when he crossed the center line, striking an on coming truck, and killing the driver, Willard Quinn.

Nave stood in front of the judge without an attorney and learned of his charges. He faces charges of one count of murder, and one count of defensive assault, for seriously injuring another passenger, Kevin Reed.

Nave will be back in court on August 17 for his pre-trial. Right now he is free on a $200,000 property bond.

Nave has resigned as Garrard County's Emergency Management Director, and is currently in the process of gathering funds to pay for an attorney.

AP Story

LANCASTER, Ky. (AP) - A former central Kentucky emergency services director pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and first-degree assault.

Dwayne Nave, 42, of Lancaster entered the plea Friday before Garrard County Circuit Judge Hunter Daugherty, who scheduled a pretrial hearing for Aug. 17.

Kentucky State Police have said Nave, emergency services director in Garrard County, was intoxicated when he crossed the center line on U.S. 27 near Bryantsville in April and hit a pickup truck.

Willard L. Quinn, 43, of Parksville in neighboring Boyle County, was trapped inside the pickup and died of his injuries. A passenger in Quinn's truck, Kevin L. Reed, was injured and treated at University of Kentucky Hospital.

Nave, 42, resigned from his county job last month, a few days before being indicted by a Garrard County grand jury.

--- Information from: The Advocate-Messenger,

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