A Wayne County man, who has been charged with murder in connection 
with the 2018 death of a local man, appeared in Wayne Circuit Court 
on Tuesday, August 6 for arraignment.
    John Denney entered a plea of not guilty, and a pretrial conference 
in the case was set for September 3. He was indicted for murder in 
July by a local grand jury. The charges stem from a three-vehicle 
accident that occurred October 25, 2018 on KY 90 near the 
intersection of Gregory Street.
    Robert Allen Hicks, 48, of Monticello, died in the accident.
    According to the accident report, Denney was traveling east on KY 90 
when his vehicle traveled into the westbound lane and sideswiped a 
car being driven by Amanda Crabtree. After striking the Crabtree 
vehicle, Denney's vehicle continued traveling east in the westbound 
lane and struck the vehicle driven by Hicks head-on.
    Hicks was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Denney was 
flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment of 
his injuries.
    According to the indictment, Denney was allegedly operating "a motor 
vehicle under the influence of methamphetamine and/or other 
intoxicating substances" when the accident occurred.
    Denney was also indicted for first degree assault and persistent 
felony offender second degree. He entered not guilty pleas on those charges during last week's court appearance.

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