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Trial set for Frankfort man charged with manslaughter

A 21-year-old Frankfort man charged with causing the death of an 11-year-old boy in a two-car collision in Woodford County was scheduled to return to Woodford Circuit Court for a five-day jury trial beginning Feb. 20, 2017. According to an indictment returned by a Woodford County grand jury, William Cody Mefford disregarded a red traffic light at the intersection of Frankfort Road (U.S. 60) and Midway Road (U.S. 62) resulting in a crash that caused fatal injuries to 11-year-old Ryan Moore. The boy's parents and a 9-year-old boy were also injured in the collision, which occurred at about 3:51 a.m. on July 12, 2015. Mefford allegedly left the accident scene by walking to the Waffle House restaurant in Frankfort, where he called his grandmother, who came to pick him up. Later, Mefford told authorities that he was scared and did not know what to do following the collision, which he said happened after he lost control of his Ford Ranger pickup truck. During his arraignment in October 2015, Mefford pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter, three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render aid, possession of drug paraphernalia (misdemeanor), possession of marijuana (misdemeanor) and disregarding a traffic control device/traffic light (violation).

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