A man charged with murder after striking a pedestrian last week while allegedly drunk driving in Elkton was arraigned Monday morning in Todd County District Court.
Billy Jo Faughn, 42, Hopkinsville, appeared in court before Judge Ken Williams and was appointed public defender David Graff.
Faughn was indicted and arraigned on charges of murder, driving while under the influence and possession of marijuana.
Graff entered a not guilty plea and waived the reading of the charges on behalf of Faughn while he and his public defender begin considering plea deals from the commonwealth and how to approach the case.
Williams told Faughn that the Department of Public Advocacy has recognized the seriousness of the charges and are working to get him the services he needs as quickly as possible.
Faughn’s first pretrial conference is scheduled for Aug. 10 in Todd District Court.
According to New Era archives, Kentucky State Police Post 2 in Madisonville was contacted by Todd County Dispatch around 3:22 p.m. Wednesday in reference to a vehicle striking a pedestrian.
The collision occurred in the 1100 block of Blue and Gray Park Road in Elkton.
Faughn was operating a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee southbound on Blue and Gray Park Road when, for unknown reasons, he exited the eastbound shoulder of the roadway.
Faughn’s vehicle traveled several hundred feet before striking 71-year-old Sarah J. Barrow, who was standing near the garage at her residence.
Faughn’s vehicle then struck an exterior wall of the residence, where the vehicle came to final rest.
Barrow was flown to Skyline Hospital in Nashville, where she succumbed to her injuries.
Faughn was arrested and lodged in the Todd County Detention Center.
The investigation is ongoing by Accident Reconstructionist Trooper Hunter Carroll.
In 2013, Faughn received five years probation after pleading guilty to second-degree persistent felony offender, and to facilitation on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, theft of anhydrous ammonia to manufacture meth, possession of anhydrous ammonia in an unapproved container to manufacture met and tampering with anhydrous ammonia to manufacture meth, according to New Era archives.
In 2016, Faughn graduated from Christian County Drug Court.
Archives show that Faughn’s father died Friday, July 24, and the funeral was held on the same day he allegedly struck Barrow with his vehicle.