Whitesburg KY

Man convicted after short trial now charged in jury indictment

A Letcher District Court jury deliberated for less than 20 minutes Monday before finding a Seco man guilty of drunken driving, disorderly conduct, and four other charges.

The six-member jury recommended that 43-year-old William Davis, who was already under a separate indictment charging him with being a persistent felony offender, be sentenced to 30 days in the county jail and ordered to pay fines totaling $2,100. Other charges on which he was found guilty include careless driving, failure to maintain liability insurance, and possessing an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle.

The unusually short trial began when jury members were called at 10:53 a.m. Monday and ended at 2:03 p.m. when the verdict was read. A 90-minute recess was taken for lunch.

The charges on which Davis was being tried this week were filed on October 25, 2006.

Davis faces similar charges in an eight-count indictment returned June 28 by the Letcher County Grand Jury. The latest indictment is the result of Davis being stopped in traffic on May 6 by Jenkins City Police Officer Stephen Campbell.

The indictment charges Davis with being a persistent felony offender and with committing first-degree wanton endangerment when he tried to flee from Campbell by passing vehicles on the wrong side of Kentucky Highway 805. The latest true bill also charges Davis with reckless driving, failure to maintain liability insurance, speeding, and improper passing.

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