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Search Warrants Obtained In Investigation Into Four-Year-Old’s Death

Posted at 4:24 PM, Sep 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-28 18:27:21-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18/Lexington Herald Leader)– Search warrants have been obtained by Lexington Police into the death investigation of four-year-old Marco Shemwell.

The search warrants for Jacob Heil’s cell phone and his car’s black box data could help investigators piece together the events that led up to the collision, according to police.

The fatal collision happened on September 15 on Cooper Drive. 18-year-old Heil was driving on the road when a witness says his car suddenly swerved to the right and left the road for no apparent reason. Search warrants were filed in Fayette County District Court for Heil’s iPhone and the event data recorder from his 2012 Hyundai Sonata.

Jacob Heil

According to the search warrant, the car’s black box data would contain pre-crash information such as the car’s speed and steering angle, which could verify investigative facts.

Heil’s iPhone has been submitted for forensic analysis where pictures or messages could provide investigators with a timeline leading up to the accident.

Heil is scheduled to be back in court on October 26.

The Lexington Herald Leader reports that Heil’s attorney said, “All the information we have is that he did not veer off the road.”