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Laurel Co. Man Pleads Not Guilty In Crash That Killed His Mother

Posted at 9:35 AM, Nov 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-21 09:47:28-05

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Laurel County man pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning to charges related to a wreck that killed his mother and injured three others.

Chris Francis is accused of causing a crash in September. Police say he was high on methamphetamine when he drove on the wrong side of the road and struck another vehicle on Hensley Road in East Bernstadt.

Officials say a passenger in Francis’ vehicle was killed and three people in the other vehicle were hurt. The fatality later was identified as Francis’ mother, Holly Francis.

Chris Francis has been charged with murder, two counts of assault, wanton endangerment, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs/alcohol, and failure to maintain insurance.

The judge entered a not guilty plea. His bail was set at $250,000 cash.

Francis is due back in court on Nov. 27.