Kentucky Minister Accused Of Causing Deadly Crash

A southern Kentucky minister, known for helping others, is now accused of ending a life.

Claude Davis went before a judge today, accused of causing an accident that killed a woman in McCreary County last June.

The victim's family wants justice, but the minister's supporters say Davis is innocent.

Very little was left of the car that Abigail Marler was driving on June 8th, when police say Miracle in Motion Minister Claude Davis plowed into the back of her on U.S. 27.

Davis pleaded not guilty to the charges in court Monday. His supporters say Davis shouldn't be charged, but Marler's family disagrees.

Marler was a nurse on her way to pick up a paycheck when she died. But her family says the woman spent much of her time looking for her daughter, Crystal, who's been missing for nearly a decade.

Davis will be back in court on December 4th.

Marler's family members say witnesses saw Davis speeding before the accident, but police reports show that he was going about 50 to 55 miles an hour.


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  • by SHANNON Location: KY on Oct 25, 2007 at 05:20 PM
    JUST WANDERING IF ALCOHOL WAS INVOLVED?
  • by Reader Location: KY on Oct 25, 2007 at 11:32 AM
    These comments sound as if the family is the villain. It also sounds as if none of you know anything about the accident or how the 'minister' was indicted. The state police that worked the accident presented the case before the grand jury and the grand jury must have seen or heard enough to indict him. The family had nothing to do with the case or bringing him before the Judge. As one submitter stated 'God knows all things'.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2007 at 09:59 AM
    Something the article leaves out, though, is that there are NO tire marks at that intersection. I travel that route daily...and there's nothing. If he didn't try to avoid the accident and was being careless...put him in jail. Besides...he KILLED someone. If he totalled her car, big deal. He killed someone...and accident or not...murder isn't legal.
  • by Lexus Location: Paris on Oct 25, 2007 at 05:30 AM
    "Wish they had added more information in the story in regard to that." Cold Case: Crystal Marler - Missing Person Detectives at Post 11 are asking for your assistance in locating a missing female from 1998. Last Seen on October 8, 1998, in Whitley City, KY On October 8, 1998, Crystal Marler was last seen on Strunk Ridge Road in Whitley City around 4 p.m. She is 15 years of age. Her last known clothing is unknown. She is 5'4" and weighs approximately 100 lbs. If you have any information in this case, please call the Detective Billy Correll at (606) 878-6622 or you can email Billy.Correll@ky.gov
  • by Jennifer Location: Richmond on Oct 24, 2007 at 07:55 PM
    I believe that no one has the right to judge only God has this right. Maybe it was God who picked this young woman out of his Bouquet of flowers. You know I have heard this before that God only takes the best so maybe it was her time to go. God knows all things and watches over all of us. We must forgive in order for us to be forgiven. People just because this man is a minister doesn't mean he is a murderer. Just because he was there at the time doesn't mean he intentionally caused this accident. If u think about it, it could have been any of us there that day. I'm so sorry that u have lost a love one this way and i will pray for you. Please find it in your hearts to forgive this man if he is truely innocent. God knows all things so he really knows what happens here on earth. Don't try to play God and judge this man especially if he is innocent. I will pray for all of you. God bless and take care.
  • by Lisa Location: Stanford on Oct 24, 2007 at 02:56 AM
    It is hard to deal with the loss of a loved one under any circumstances. If charges are brought against this minister,and he wsn't drunk or speeding, then charges should be brought against any and every one who is deemed at fault in a vehicle accident. That includes all speeders, cell phone talkers, people not paying attention, and those who wind up in accidents from plowing through red lights or pulling out in front of people.
  • by lisa Location: ky on Oct 24, 2007 at 01:44 AM
    accidents happen .if he was at fault we can only hope justice will be served .minister or not . if he is truly innocent of following too closely and speed was not a factor ..i would asume like any other good person ..in his mind he has already created his own prison .if i took a life it would certainly affect me and change my life forever .i pray i never know how that feels .to the womens family ,our prayers are with you to find comfort soon .to the minister ..god knows the truth and if you are guilty you already know to ask forgiveness .this is a very sad and tragic incident for all involved .stay strong and stay truthful .
  • by Chuck Location: Indiana on Oct 23, 2007 at 09:00 PM
    My daughter was sitting at the traffic lights last week waiting for the light to change green, then all of a sudden bang, hit from behind by a young guy doing 50mph, the impact threw the car right into the middle of the road and wrote my daughters car off. It was a miracle that my daughter and her child were not seriously injured. The guy that hit her said he did not even see her sitting there, was this a moment of color blindness sun in the eyes or blackout who knows. But this is similar as to what happened in the story of the late Abigail Marler and the Pastor who is living, rememberance of that day for the rest of his life. (he has been given his sentencing of rememberance) For those who have not met this Pastor nor know him by name, he devotes his time to the needy, ex war vet, and works under Gods principles. Many people have judged and attacked this man, and accused him, but he does not stop praying for ya'll as he loves each and everyone of you.
  • by Deana Location: KY on Oct 23, 2007 at 08:08 PM
    I don't think this man should be charge or anything else. It was an accident. I will be praying for this man that God will be with him. God knows what happen and if it was an accident he will be set free. I will also be praying for the family that lost a loved one. God loves you and he will forgive you if you forgive. He is a loving God.
  • by JR Location: Morehead on Oct 23, 2007 at 07:53 PM
    Let's make all of our jails a hundred times bigger so we can make sure we punish everyone one of these type of people. I have heard of these people that go out and cause ACCIDENTS! I hear they come from all walks of life: preachers, teachers, doctors, nurses- they are everywhere causing ACCIDENTS. Let's not let them get away with this, ACCIDENTS are unexcusable! I have not read anything that says this was anything but an accident. He/she who has never had an accident can from here on throw the first stone. Heard that some where before?
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