Trial Begins In Deaths Of Family Of 5

Posted at 2:41 PM, Jun 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-19 14:41:20-04

KENTON COUNTY, Ky (WXIX) Jury selection for the trial of a man charged with killing a Grant County family of five in a 2017 crash began Tuesday morning at the Kenton County Courthouse.

"He took out five of our family members just from being stupid," said the family’s grandmother, Vivian Cooper. "There’s no words you know. He’s a monster in my eyes."

Cooper’s granddaughter, Samantha Malohn, along with Rodney Pollit and Samantha and Rodney’s three children, Hailieann, Brenden, and Cailie, were all killed in a head-on crash on Staffordsburg Road in Kenton County. The crash happened in October 2017. 

The entire Grant County family was allegedly killed in a crash at the hands of 57-year-old Daniel Greis. Greis was said to be under the influence of alcohol and marijuana at the time of the crash. Police also claim he was going well over the speed limit.

"I would like to know where he was going in such a hurry that, you know, he hit them head-on at 93 miles per hour…I don’t get that," said Cooper.

Greis is now on trial for five counts of murder and Cooper said she’ll be there every step of the way. She said she is hoping to find some kind of justice or peace, something she said she hasn’t felt since her family was taken from her. 

"We’ve just been living day-to-day, that’s all we can do," said Cooper.