Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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May 25, 2014

Carpenter convicted of reckless homicide

MOREHEAD — A four-year-old criminal case finally has been put to rest.

A Rowan Circuit Court jury Thursday convicted Dallas Carpenter, 61, of reckless homicide in the deaths of Roy and Lena Boyd.

In May 2010, the Boyds died of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Carpenter was intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of .21 at the time.

Morehead police said Carpenter was driving 69 miles per hour in a 45-mph zone when he struck the Boyds at the base of Clinic Drive on Ky. 32.

A deadlocked jury ended the first trial in May 2013. The retrial lasted a week.

Original charges against Carpenter were two counts of murder and operating a vehicle under the influence. However, after four hours of deliberation, the jury amended the charges to reckless homicide.

The jury recommended five years on each case and six months and a fine of $500 for operating a vehicle under the influence.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Ronnie Goldy, who tried the case, said of the verdict: “We are happy with the results and so is the family. That is the best you can ask for.”

Carpenter’s sentencing is set for June 6. He is in the Rowan County Detention Center.

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