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Teen charged in 2007 fatal crash

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Excessive speed, alcohol and no seat belts were factors in crash

By Calen McKinney

A Springfield teenager has been indicted on a charge of reckless homicide stemming from a single-car crash that killed another teen.

Michael A. Barnett, 19, of 301 Hagan Lane was indicted Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.

According to a Campbellsville Police report, the crash occurred at about 1:54 a.m. Sept. 16, 2007, on U.S. 68 when Barnett was driving a 2001 Infiniti I30.

Barnett allegedly lost control of the car, dropped off the shoulder of the road and overcorrected, which caused the car to overturn.

Barnett and passengers Aaron W. Couch, Phillip T. McIlvoy and Anthony M. Fields, who were all 16 at the time and lived in Springfield, were ejected from the car.

Couch was airlifted by AirEvac to University of Louisville Hospital, where he died the next morning, according to Campbellsville Police Capt. Todd Little, who investigated the crash.

Barnett, Fields and McIlvoy were transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue personnel and treated. Fields was later flown to University of Louisville Hospital.

According to the report, excessive speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the collision.

On Friday, Little said there has been a disagreement as to which of the four teenagers was driving the vehicle, and it took a while to figure out who was actually driving.

"A 16-year-old lost his life in a collision due to alcohol, failure to wear a seat belt and excessive speed," Little said.

Bond was set at 10 percent of $20,000. If convicted, Barnett could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.

Other grand jury action:

- Charles L. Waymon, 22, of 3385 St. Matthews Cemetery Road in Campbellsville was indicted on five counts of third-degree rape.

According to the indictment, Waymon is accused of having sexual intercourse with another person younger than 16 on five occasions.

Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Paul Lacy investigated. On Friday, Lacy said the alleged victim in the case is a female juvenile. Her mother, he said, reported the incident to law enforcement.

Bond was set at $25,000 and he was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim. If convicted, Waymon could be sentenced to as much as 25 years in prison.

- William E. Houchens, 35, of 995 Pitman Valley Road in Campbellsville was indicted on charges of failure to comply with state sex offender registration terms, his second offense, and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

According to the indictment, Houchens is accused of not reporting a change of address to the probation and parole office.

Court records state that Houchens was released from the LaRue County jail in October and he failed to report his release to the probation and parole office.

Houchens' arrest citation states that he has been staying at 405 Walling Ave. in Campbellsville sporadically since his release from jail, though he told police that he lived at his Pitman Valley Road address.

According to the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry Web site, Houchens is a lifetime registrant who was convicted of third-degree rape of a 15-year-old. The Web site lists his status as compliant.

Bond was set at $1,000 cash. If convicted, Houchens could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison. The charge of being a persistent felony offender could increase any sentence he might receive.

- William Russell Walls, 21, of 103A Cedar St. in Campbellsville was indicted on three counts of second-degree burglary, receiving more than $300 in stolen property and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

According to court records, Walls was arrested after he was found with items reported stolen from a Davis Road home.

According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, sheriff's deputies found a video game console and games, a DVD player, a laptop computer and video camera that were stolen from the home on Friday, Nov. 7.

Bond was set at 10 percent of $25,000. If convicted, Walls could be sentenced to as much as 35 years in prison. The charge of being a persistent felony offender could increase any sentence he might receive.

- Eladio Pedroza Jr., 30, of 402 Kentucky Ave. in Campbellsville was indicted on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug supplies, his second or subsequent offense, and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

Bond was set at 10 percent of $20,000. If convicted, Pedroza could be sentenced to as much as 15 years in prison. The charge of being a persistent felony offender could increase any sentence he might receive.

- Misty Ann Buley, 34, of 27 Smith Ridge Road in Campbellsville was indicted on nine counts of second-degree criminal possession of forged checks and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Bond was set at $2,000 cash and she was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim. If convicted, Buley could be sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison. The charge of being a persistent felony offender could increase any sentence Buley might receive.

- Jordan Coppage, 22, of 102 Newcomb Lane in Campbellsville was indicted on a charge of receiving a stolen firearm.

Bond was set at 10 percent of $10,000. If convicted, Coppage could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.

- Aaron T. Gowdy, 26, of 425 Timothy Trail in Campbellsville was indicted on a charge of tampering with physical evidence and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Bond was set at $1,500 cash. If convicted, Gowdy could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison. The charge of being a persistent felony offender could increase any sentence he might receive.

- Angela Schwindt, 34, of 202 McNary St. in Campbellsville was indicted on a charge of theft by unlawful taking more than $300.

Bond was set at $1,500 cash and she was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim. If convicted, Schwindt could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.

- Michael Shuffett, 32, of 159 Barnett Road in Greensburg was indicted on a charge of theft by unlawful taking more than $300.

Bond was set at $1,500 cash and he was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim. If convicted, Shuffett could be sentenced to as five years in prison.

- Staff Writer Calen McKinney can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 235 or by e-mail at reporter@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.