Burkeen Pleads Not Guilty
By WestKyStar Staff
BENTON, KY - Cory Burkeen entered a plea of not guilty in Marshall District Court on Monday to seven charges related to a May 28 crash on Ky. 95 that resulted in multiple serious injuries.
Judge Jack Telle scheduled a preliminary hearing for 1 p.m. Oct. 17 in Marshall District Court.
24-year-old Burkeen is charged with four counts of wanton endangerment, two counts of first-degree assault and first offense driving under the influence with an aggravator.
Marshall County Sheriff Kevin Byars told the Paducah Sun that toxicology reports showed Burkeen was intoxicated and had prescription drugs in his system when the crash occured. Byars said that Burkeen did not have a prescription for the drugs. Burkeen was arrested on Oct. 3.
Burkeen was driving on Ky. 95 in Calvert City at around 9:30 p.m. May 28 when he crossed the center line and had a head on collision with a vehicle carrying Shane McKenty, Landon Lovett, Lake McGregor and Maggie Adams. Both McKenty and Lovett were severely injured and were in a coma after the wreck. Lovett is still in a long-term care facility in Nashville. McKenty returned home in July, and McGregor and Adams have recovered.
Burkeen is also scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday for a second-degree burglary charge related to a separate incident.