LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Closing arguments in a trial for a former UK student charged in the death of a 4-year-old child killed in a DUI crash are happening today.
21-year-old Jacob Heil is charged with reckless homicide and DUI. Heil is accused of killing 4-year-old Marco Shemwell.
Jurors all present as closing arguments begin in the reckless homicide trial of former UK student, Jacob Heil. Judge currently giving instructions for the closings and deliberations. @LEX18News— Michael Berk (@LEX18_Michael) October 14, 2021
Heil was 18-years-old at the time, and according to prosecutors, had a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit when he was driving the car that hit Marco.
Heil defense closing argument: was he implied enough that impairment caused the accident. Recites BAL numbers insisting they were very low. Says Heil is guilty of being a minor with alcohol in his system. @LEX18News— Michael Berk (@LEX18_Michael) October 14, 2021
Jurors may weigh that testimony against video from that September day, which includes a police interview with Heil as well as a field sobriety test, during which heil appears to struggle with the alphabet.
Defense for Heil: three accident scene witnesses testified. All 3 said Heil didn’t seem intoxicated / smell of alcohol. @LEX18News— Michael Berk (@LEX18_Michael) October 14, 2021
The defense has argued Heil was not impaired and that his car never veered into the grass.