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SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT) - A man police say intentionally caused a crash that killed another man was in court Wednesday to answer to the murder charge.
Somerset Police say Justin Litton drove into the path of Levi Stephens Saturday night, hitting his car head-on. Stephens later died from his injuries.
Litton arrived to court in crutches, still recovering from the crash himself, and pleaded not guilty to murder.
"I don't hate him. But I dislike him. I know he had his problems," Teresa Stephens Davis, Levi Stephens' mother told us from the courthouse.
Police say Litton intentionally crashed his car into the one Stephens was driving. The wreck happened moments after a deputy had tried to stop Litton because he was sitting in his car in a gravel lot without lights on.
"All I want to say is, why would you veer in front of someone else? You don't know who is in that car. You don't know if you're going to kill them. There could have been a car full of kids," said Davis.
As they were leaving the courtroom, Litton's mother hugged Stephens' mother, saying "I know what it's like to lose a son."
Litton's brother was shot and killed in September 2011. Jeremiah Litton was killed inside a Somerset apartment complex. There was a murder charge then, but it was dropped for lack of an indictment. Stephens' mother says she believes murder is the correct charge.
Police are still investing what happened Saturday night, and they say toxicology tests are pending. Stephens' family will say goodbye to him Saturday during a 2 o'clock funeral service in Pine Knot.
Litton will be back in court next Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.