Mickey McKinney, 26, was allegedly driving on the Mountain Parkway on March 21 when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck an oncoming car which injured the driver of that vehicle and caused the death of the passenger.
McKinney was arrested after failing to check in with a pretrial services officer upon his release from the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, where he was being treated for injuries sustained in the accident. McKinney was deemed “released upon his own recognizance” while he convalesced, but he was also ordered to stay in close contact with pretrial services until he was ready to appear in court.
Two bench warrants were issued Tuesday when he failed to remain at a relative's residence in Mink's Branch where a pretrial services officer tried to contact him Tuesday morning.
One bench warrant, issued by Judge Eric Hall, was rescinded Thursday when McKinney was brought to district court and formally arraigned for the murder charge. He was also charged with driving under the influence, having no insurance and driving on a DUI-suspended license. Judge Hall placed McKinney under a $1 million cash bond and scheduled a preliminary hearing on April 20.
McKinney was transferred to circuit court following his arraignment to satisfy a bench warrant issued by Judge John D. Caudill, who accepted a guilty plea from McKinney in a theft case Dec. 7. McKinney was scheduled for a probation revocation hearing in Caudill's court, which had sentenced him to three years in jail for the theft case with a recommendation from the commonwealth's attorney's office that McKinney's sentence be probated for two years. Caudill ordered that McKinney be held without bond until that hearing which was scheduled for May 26.