A Lexington man has pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree manslaughter stemming from the May 25 death of his 2-year-old daughter in a lawn mower accident.
William Jackson McReynolds II, 40, appeared before Judge T. Bruce Bell in Fayette District Court Monday on a criminal complaint and summons in the death of Adelaide McReynolds. Second-degree manslaughter is a Class C felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison.
McReynolds is being represented by Lexington attorney Jim Lowry.
Adelaide died from blunt-force and sharp-force trauma after she fell off a zero-turn mower that her father was operating, police said. The accident happened at the family's home on Hillgate Drive.
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According to court records, McReynolds "had an odor of alcoholic beverage" when he was interviewed by police after the accident.
McReynolds, a co-owner of A.P. Suggins Bar & Grill, told police he had worked there earlier in the day and had consumed two one-pint draft beers, the complaint said.
McReynolds was only cited; he has never been taken into custody. A hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 12.