ENGLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Update, 11/6/13
A woman facing triple murder charges in a violent crash is set to go on trial in the Spring.
The crash happened on Highway 15 on July 3rd near the Perry-Breathitt County line.
Danny Caudill and William and Lillie Belcher were all killed.
Danny's wife, Billie, now sits behind bars charged with three counts of murder, DUI and driving on a suspended license. Court records show Billie had two prior DUI convictions before the crash.
She will stand trial on April 14th.
Two families torn apart; three lives taken too soon.
“[This family] lost so much… when we lost him,” Danny Caudill’s mother Deborah Moore said.
“I really miss being able to talk to her. When it comes that time of day, I start missing her,” Lillie Belcher’s sister Pearlie Chambers said.
Danny Caudill, 34, was killed when the car he was in, driven by his wife of three months, Billie Caudill crashed into William and Lillie Belcher’s car.
“They told me I wouldn’t want to see him because of the shape he was in. All I wanted to do was touch his hand, just touch him,” Moore added.
The Belcher’s were also killed.
“I just fell apart. That was so devastating. It was like my heart was just broken,” Chambers said.
Billie, also known as BJ, now sits behind bars charged with three counts of murder, DUI and driving on a suspended license.
“She should have never been under that steering wheel for no reason at all,” Moore said.
Court records show BJ pleaded guilty to two DUI’s before the crash.
“It’s hard to say this, but God was merciful when he took them together. Because it would have been hard for one of them to live without the other,” Chambers added.
In the meantime, both families continue to heal and wait for justice. While Danny’s 2 year old son grows up without his father.
“I have to forgive her because that’s what God tells me that I have to forgive her. That doesn’t mean I have to like what she did,” Chambers said.
BJ Caudill pleaded not guilty during her arraignment.
The Perry County Commonwealth’s attorney has not decided if he will pursue the death penalty in this case.
It’s a crash so violent, it killed three people and injured one.
“The state has recognized that when you become a level of such intoxication, that you’re driving a dangerous instrument,” Perry County Commonwealth’s Attorney John Hansen said.
The two car crash happened on July 3, 2013 near the Perry-Breathitt County line on Highway 15.
Danny Caudill, 34, and William and Lillie Belcher were all killed. Danny’s wife Billie was driving and is the only survivor. She is now charged with three counts of murder and driving under the influence.
“All I can say right now is that the labs came back showing she was intoxicated at the time or that we will be able to bring facts to a jury that there is proof of intoxication at the time of the accident,” Hansen added.
Court records show the 30 year old pleaded guilty to DUI twice in the past and was driving on a suspended license at the time of the crash. All factors Hansen says he is considering as he weighs whether or not to pursue the death penalty.
Billie Caudill appeared in court Wednesday for arraignment where she pleaded not guilty.
She is currently being held in the Kentucky River Regional Jail.
Update, 7/3/13, 11 p.m.
The sister of a man killed in a Perry County car crash said he will be greatly missed.
"My heart is broken into pieces," said Adrienne Sizemore, whose brother, Danny Caudill, died in the wreck along with two others. "When I lost my brother I didn't just lose my brother. I lost my best friend and my father figure."
Sizemore said her brother was unique.
"He was outgoing. He spoke his mind," Sizemore said. "If he didn't like you, he would tell you. If he thought you were okay, he would talk to you all day long."
Caudill was just married last month and had a two-year-old son, Sizemore said.
Update 7/3/13, 6 p.m.
Three people are dead and one injured after a crash Wednesday that shut down Highway 15 near the Perry-Breathitt County line.
The crash happened around 1:15 p.m. in the Engle community of Perry County.
Danny Caudill, 34, and William and Lillie Belcher were all killed.
Danny's wife, Billie J. Caudill, 29, was flown to an area hospital. Family members said she was in critical condition at UK Medical Center.
"I can't put into words how much he's going to be missed, how much our lives are going to be changed because we don't get to see him no more. We don't get to hug him no more," said Adrienne Sizemore, Danny Caudill's sister.
Even more heartbreaking, Sizemore says, is knowing that her nephew and Caudill's son will now grow up without his father.
"His baby. Raise his baby, with his mom, and take care of his baby and make sure he knows his daddy loved him with all of his heart."
"His son turned two on May the 5th," said Sizemore.
The Belchers were traveling in a red Chevy S-10 and the Caudills were in a gold Ford Contour.
"The Contour was traveling south on Kentucky 15 while the S-10 was traveling north," said Jody Sims with Kentucky State Police. "The Contour apparently crossed into the northbound lane and collided with the S-10."
Police shut down both lanes of Highway 15 while they worked the incident. That led to massive traffic backups in both directions.
Both lanes are now back open.
We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.
Update 7/3/13, 4 p.m.
Perry County 911 dispatchers confirm that Highway 15 has reopened.
WYMT is on the scene and will provide updates as they become available.
Officials tell us a deadly crash has a portion of Highway 15 shutdown in Perry County.
The crash happened at the intersection of Tenmile Creek Road, north of Hazard.
Dispatchers tell us as many as three people are dead.
We have a crew on there way to the scene and will bring you the latest.