Gary Cooper III pleaded not guilty Monday in a Scott County Courtroom.

Copper is facing manslaughter charges in connection to the death of his girlfriend Amber Rachford. Cooper and Rachford crashed in Scott County on Interstate 75 on their way back from a Cincinnati Reds game.

Rachford, a passenger in the car, died in the crash.

Accident investigation reports show Cooper's blood alcohol level was above the legal limit at point 1.2 when they crashed. The legal limit is point 8. An alcohol investigator also determined Cooper was driving at 85 miles per hour.

Cooper says he and Rachford had a few beers at the game, but he doesn't feel alcohol was a factor in the crash. He said he would never intentionally hurt the love of his life, but understands he may have to pay the price of what police say where his actions.

Copper is scheduled to appear in court again next September.

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  • by Anonymous Location: lexington on Sep 10, 2007 at 07:19 AM
    amber knew what she was doing? so did gary! that's why it is manslaughter. too bad amber isn't her to ask what she would want. those of us who really knew her know she would want gary punished for the pain he has caused for those of us who really care about her. when i say care about her, i mean, those of us who don't drive drunk and 20 mph over the speed limit with her in the car. gary needs to learn some responsibility and take his punishment. he isn't the vicitm here and without punishment, will he ever learn a lesson?
  • by Anonymous Location: Lexington on Aug 17, 2007 at 04:40 PM
    Amber knew what she was doing when she into the car. While this was a horrible tragedy, it was not manslaughter! Isn't it punishment enough that Gary has lost the love of his life??? I know that if Amber had a say in this she would not want him to suffer anymore... anyone ever think about that?
  • by Anonymous Location: Florida on Jul 23, 2007 at 07:39 AM
    It is a shame that a simple lapse in judgement can ruin so many lives.I feel sympathy for Amber and her family as well as Coopers family. It was a mistake. I feel that someone should pay for the mistake but it will not bring precious Amber back by ruining another young life. life is full of lessons and I hope that he will learn his lesson and take what he has learned and use it for the better of himself and others.
  • by m Location: somerset on Jul 10, 2007 at 03:37 PM
    Driving drunk and 20 miles over the speed limit in a car as small as a Prius is reckless and irresponsible. Amber should not have paid for that irresponiblity with her life. At the age of 27, I feel certain all of her goals were not accomplished, but we will never know, will we?
  • by E Location: Florida on Jul 3, 2007 at 09:44 AM
    None of you even know the full story!!!
  • by Delice Location: Somerset on Jul 2, 2007 at 12:10 PM
    Gary I hate to hear that you are going through all this. I would love to see you or just talk with's been a while. Look up "P" and my last name. That is my mothers house she will give you my cell #, if she is not home leave a # where I can call you. I am very sorry for you loss. I wish the best for you, just remember if they go on your character you will be fine because you are a great person that wouldn’t hurt anything, and I know you so....I know you have wished it was you that pasted instead of Amber, but remember god has goals for us all and she had accomplished hers. To amber's family I am sorry for your loss. Please, Please, understand Gary would never mean hurt amber. He has always protected me and I know he done the same for her.


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