UK student who police say hit and killed a 4-year-old boy pleads not guilty to DUI charge


FAYETTE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- A not guilty plea today from the 18-year-old UK student charged with DUI after police say he hit and killed a four-year-old boy near Kroger Field last Saturday.

Jacob Heil was not in the courtroom, instead his lawyer was the one to enter a not guilty plea on his behalf.

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Heil’s attorney was in and out of the courtroom in a matter of minutes, just agreeing to the terms of Heil’s administrative release which means he can stay out of jail as long as he doesn’t break any laws and agrees to come to his court dates.

18-year-old Heil is charged with one count of underage drinking and driving.

Police say Heil hit and killed four-year-old Marco Shemwell after leaving a tailgate party last Saturday.

“It’s a tragedy. It’s terrible,” said William Watkins, a UK student.

“The loss of a life and then the young man that, involved in it, that’s going to hurt his life for the rest of his life,” said Keith Gilbertson, an adjunct professor at UK.

Heil was a student at UK and a pledge at Alpha Tao Omega, a fraternity on campus.

In the wake of this charge, the university has suspended both Hail and the fraternity.

“It’s definitely more glum. Definitely on Monday that was the first thing that we were talking about,” said Sam Parkin, a UK student.

Shemwell died at UK hospital on Monday.

No word yet if additional charges will be filed against Heil.

Heil’s next court date is October 26th.