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Man Appears In Court Facing Murder Charges After Fatal Accident

A pregnant woman and an eight year old boy were killed and others are still fighting for their lives. Thursday, the man police say caused their deaths and injuries went before a judge for the first time.

Raymond Garner faces three counts of murder. Police say he was drunk when his truck plowed into three cars on I-75 in Whitley County.

Raymond Garner was in the process of moving from Tennessee to Kentucky when this crash happened. Now instead of a new job and a new home, Garner remains in jail charged with murder.

Raymond Garner's court appearance, via video arraignment from the Whitley County Jail, lasted on a few seconds. Just long enough for his attorney to enter a not guilty plea and to set another court date for next Monday. But Defense Attorney David Hoskins says while his client isn't guilty, he's also very sorry for what happened on I-75 Monday night.

"He's extremely remorseful. The first thing he said to me was that he wished he could trade places with the people killed," said Defense Attorney David Hoskins.

But police say Garner should have never been behind the wheel of his 2005 GMC in the first place. Just last March in Clark County, he admitted to driving drunk, paid a five hundred dollar fine, and had his license suspended.

"It certainly doesn't help that he's been guilty of DUI before, but again I don't know what circumstances were this time," Hoskins said.

A pregnant woman and an 8 year old boy died in crash Monday night. Several children are still fighting for their lives in critical condition at UK hospital.

"I don't think anyone has told him anything about their conditions. He knows people were killed. That's all he knows," Hoskins said.

Raymond Garner will likely remain in jail through the duration of the judicial process as he has been given no bond. He will be back in court next Monday at 1pm for a preliminary hearing.


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