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,

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Darlene Location: Formerly Garrard County on Jul 2, 2008 at 12:47 PM
    All I care to say is, what a tragedy for all those who have been impacted. My heart goes out to the family of Mr. Quinn. While I know this may not comfort them, I know first handed that Dwayne has some outstanding qualities. Down deep, Dwayne is a good person with a bad problem. May we all pray that something good come out of it all. I send my blessings to both families in this very difficult time.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2007 at 12:35 PM
    He should go to prison for at least10 years an serve 85% let his family see how it feels not to have their dad, husband,brother,freind around i know the nave family, he knew what he was doing when he got behind the wheel going to his girlfreinds house not his wife.......
  • by Ludie Location: Las Vegas,Nv. on Dec 25, 2007 at 10:10 AM
    I am Will Quinns' mother and TODAY is the first Christmas since Will died. I do not agree with the charger of murder,I do not think my son was murdered,I think Nave should not be able to drive for many years.I would like to talk to Mr.Nave or his family. Let us hope the new year is better for all of us. P.S. I also think Mr. Nave should receive his pay for the vacations he did not take. I have heard many times that the state or county officials knew of Mr.Naves drinking problems and continued to allow him to drive the county vehicle,if that is true then,that is really a sad thing.
  • by Donna Location: Richmond on Nov 6, 2007 at 12:43 PM
    I know Mr. Nave must feel horrible, as he should! Sobby stories? You are referring to Willard's Mother and Sister's pain and loss of thier son and brother. How can you expect them not to feel hurt? Anger? Grief? As far as if was a accident.. when a person knowingly drinks to the point of stagger and gets in his vehical to drive, that is intent, not accident. I feel bad for Mr. Nave's family, his children and loved ones. However his children's father is alive and well.Will's son's Dad is DEAD, gone forever. He will never take his son fishing, hunting or golfing again. Will & his son where close, best of friends. Wills son of 16yrs is grieving. His Dad was no drunk lady! He was a good dad! You think they both did something wrong? I do not agree with that, Will was simply driving home safely. Mr. Nave has been indicted and the jury will decide conviction & punishment. He will have a opportunity to testify in his defense. Will is dead. Allow Will's family the right to be angry.
  • by Debbie Location: Richmond on Oct 2, 2007 at 04:47 PM
    I am Dwayne's oldest sister and this has truely been a tradgedy for both families involved. I agree that my brother should not have been drinking and driving but what I don't agree with is the murder charge and it was an ACCIDENT where there was alcohol involved with both parties. And instead of putting the blame on my brother like he was the only one that did something wrong, in my opinion, it's where two drunks met.
  • by Anonymous Location: Kentucky on Oct 2, 2007 at 02:41 PM
    You all have no idea what Dwayne's family is going through. It's not like he meant to kill the other person. He feels HORRIBLE about it and will pay for it. So dont say all of these sobby stories to make him feel worse, please.
  • by Ludie Location: Las Vegas,Nv. on Jul 22, 2007 at 08:56 AM
    When I posted my last comment I forgot to say how bad I feel for Dwayne Nave's family. I am sure they are in a lot of pain. Our world can be torn apart so easily and I am sad for all of us, I pray some good can from this pain. Ludie
  • by Barbara Quinn Location: Las Vegas NV on Jul 21, 2007 at 11:13 AM
    I am Willard Quinn's only sister and the oldest of the Quinn's. I hope that Nave is receiving counseling for his drinking and I hope that he is not drinking or operating any motor vehicle while he is out on bond. I have no sympathy for him because he of all people knew dangers of drinking and driving but didn't care then and still seems not to care or shows any remorse for his actions or the death of my brother. Barbara Quinn
  • by Ludie Location: Las Vegas,Nv. on Jul 21, 2007 at 02:22 AM
    I am Willard Quinn's mother and I was very upset that Mr. Nave would not even say he was sorry that someone died in the crash and that he offered his sympathy to Will's family,I have actually felt bad for him. Without admitting guilt he could have said I am sorry for the family.He sure came across as a cold and uncaring person. Ludie Quinn
  • by Barbara Quinn Location: Las Vegas, NV on Jul 20, 2007 at 08:24 PM
    I'm Willard Quinn, only sister, and the oldest of the Quinn's, I just hope while he is out on bond/bail that he is NOT driving or operating any vehicle!! The article/story regarding Dwayne Nave seems to be trying to get sympathy but he does not deserve anyone's sympathy for what he has done. He was in charge of so many things EMT, homeland security, etc... and he knew/know the end results of what drinking and driving can do but still with no regards to other people or life he drove anyways.That's all I can say for now but I do have alot I want say about the this and our life since April 29, 2007 when my brother was killed.
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