Morganfield Man Charged with Murder, Kidnapping in Fatal Union Co. Wreck

A 19 year old Morganfield man has been charged with murder, kidnapping and other offenses in connection to a wreck that claimed the life of 16 year old Kaci Wood.

Kentucky State Police tells WMSK News that detectives arrested Maxwell McMain at his home in Morganfield around 5:05 p.m. Wednesday. They say McMain was released Tuesday from Deaconess Hospital.

According to KSP, McMain has been charged with Murder, Kidnapping (Death of Victim), Driving Under the Influence 3rd Offense Aggravated, Driving on a DUI Suspended License 2nd Aggravated, 1st Degree Wanton Endangerment, and No Seatbelt.

(KSP explains the kidnapping charge as follows: Under the Kentucky Revised Statute Subsection F: To deprive the parents or guardian of the custody of a minor, when the person taking the minor is not a person exercising custodial control or supervision of the minor and when minor suffered death. This is a class A Felony.)

McMain’s charges stem from a wreck on KY 492 around 2:00 a.m. Sunday when KSP said, for an unknown reason, he lost control of the car causing it to overturn multiple times. Authorities say Wood, of Sebree, and McMain were not wearing their seatbelts and were both ejected from the vehicle. Another passenger in the car, 20 year old Jacob Hood, who police say was wearing a seatbelt, was not injured in the crash. KSP said Wood died at Methodist Hospital Union County, and McMain was transported to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.

Wood was laid to rest Wednesday with funeral services held at 1:00 at Tomblinson Funeral Home Sebree Chapel.

Following his arrest Wednesday afternoon, McMain was lodged in the Union County Detention Center in Morganfield on a $1 million bond.


(Image: Union Co. Detention Center)

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