Man pleads not guilty in crash that killed 2 teens

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RADCLIFF, Ky. (AP) – A West Virginia man has pleaded not guilty in Kentucky to murder and assault after a police chase ended in a crash that killed two teenagers.

The News-Enterprise reports 36-year-old Shawn Welsh of Fairmont, West Virginia, appeared in Hardin Circuit Court Thursday with a public defender by his side as the courtroom filled with the dead teens’ friends and family.

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Welsh allegedly fled police in a stolen pickup truck and crashed into a car, killing 18-year-old Jacob Barber and 17-year-old Katarina Peeters and seriously injuring two other teens near Radcliff. The group had just left a trunk-or-treat event at a Hardin County high school on Oct. 20.

Welsh also is charged with receiving stolen property, fleeing police, possession of methamphetamine and being a persistent felony offender.