Murder case of Morganfield teen charged in fatal wreck referred to Union County Grand Jury

The criminal case against a Morganfield teen charged with murder and other offenses in connection to a wreck earlier this month that killed a 16 year old Webster County girl has been referred to the Union County Grand Jury.

During a preliminary hearing Thursday morning, Union County District Court documents show that Judge Daniel Heady stated that 19 year old Maxwell McMain was on his third probation when the deadly accident occurred. Judge Heady stated McMain was a repeat offender and a risk to re-offend, so he referred the case over to the grand jury on July 12, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

McMain is charged with murder, first degree wanton endangerment, driving on a DUI suspended license (his second offense in five years – aggravator), operating a motor vehicle under the influence (his third offense – aggravator), and failure to wear seatbelts.

The charges stem from a wreck on KY 492 in the early morning hours of June 5, 2016 when state police reported McMain lost control of the vehicle he was driving, causing it to overturn multiple times and eject him and his passenger, 16 year old Kaci Wood of Sebree. Wood died shortly after the wreck at Union County Methodist Hospital. McMain was transported to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville where he was released two days later.

According to police, neither McMain nor Wood was wearing seatbelts. A second passenger in McMain’s vehicle, 20 year old Jacob Hood of Morganfield, was buckled up and was not injured in the crash.

McMain was arrested by KSP detectives on the afternoon of June 8th just hours after Wood was laid to rest.

The Morganfield teen remains lodged in the Union County Jail under a 1-million dollar bond.


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