• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Frankfort man facing manslaughter charge returns to court

A 22-year-old Frankfort man facing manslaughter and other felony charges for allegedly causing a two-car collision in Woodford County that claimed the life of an 11-year-old boy thanked Circuit Judge Rob Johnson for allowing him to participate in a program, which he said has helped him deal with life after the deadly automobile crash on July 12, 2015.

William Cody Mefford has nearly completed Teen Challenge - a Christ-based program in Samford, Fla. When he does, a motion granted by Judge Johnson last Wednesday, Oct. 5, will allow him to return to home incarceration until his trial.

Mefford is scheduled to come back to Woodford Circuit Court for his five-day jury trial beginning Feb. 20, 2017. He will face charges of second-degree manslaughter, three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and disregarding a traffic control device.

According to an indictment, 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. During last Wednesday's motion hour in Woodford Circuit Court, Mefford told Judge Johnson that he wants to dedicate his life to make sure that a similar tragedy does not happen to anyone else. He said Teen Challenge "changed me in a positive way."

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