Man Now Facing Murder Charges Following Accident

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

He's accused of crashing his car and leaving his injured friend at the scene, now he's facing murder charges.

The murder charges come from a car accident on March 30th. Police say 49 year old Ernest Mounts was driving, wrecked the car, and left the scene. His friend, Jack Robinette, was in the car and badly injured. He died last week leading to the murder charges.

Mounts was in court Thursday for the first time. Court officials said he didn't even know his friend had died from the crash until police told him he was charged with murder last week. His attorney says Mounts told him this was an accident, but police say they charged him with murder because he appeared drunk and he left the accident scene without helping the injured Robinette.

The accident happened Kentucky 194 in Freeburn. Investigators say the car hit a cliff and then landed on the road. Witnesses told police Mounts just started walking after the wreck. Authorities in West Virginia found him later near the Kentucky-West Virginia border.

"He admitted to being the operator of the vehicle, stated he had three to four beers prior to the collision and dropped a cigarette and ran off the roadway, after wrecking and checking on his buddy, he left the scene," said Detective Eddie Crum with the Kentucky State Police.

He also testified they found a lot of beer cans in the car after the accident.

The judge sent the case to the grand jury and set Mounts' bond at one million dollars.

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