Crime

Lexington man pleads not guilty to charges in crash that killed passenger

A Lexington man pleaded not guilty in Fayette Circuit Court Friday to manslaughter and other charges stemming from a car crash in September.

David Wafford is charged with second-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence and two counts of second-degree assault for the wreck that killed his uncle, Richard Hendron, 54, and injured others.

Wafford was behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Blazer that crossed the center line on Liberty Road near Appletree Lane, hitting another sport-utility vehicle.

Hendron, who was a passenger in the Blazer, was killed. Another passenger was partially ejected and severely injured. Wafford and the driver of the oncoming SUV had minor injuries, police said.

Wafford was indicted on the charges this month. He was served with a criminal summons but was not arrested.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Lori Boling asked Judge James Ishmael to review Wafford's out-of-custody status, noting Wafford was charged with possession of a controlled substance in the months after the wreck.

Wafford pleaded guilty to possession in November and was sentenced to fines and two days in jail, according to court records.

Ishmael agreed to review Wafford's status at a hearing Tuesday.

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