Suspect in fatal accident arraigned in Kenton County

Richard Michael Beers (Source: Kenton County Jail)
Richard Michael Beers (Source: Kenton County Jail)

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - A Kenton County man is being held on 5,000 bond on charges that he killed a couple after running a red light.

Richard Michael Beers, 20, was arraigned on Monday on two counts of reckless homicide.

Prosecutors say the light had been red for several seconds when Beers ran straight through killing Brian Hehman and his wife, Melissa, Aug. 5, 2011 near the intersection of KY 17 (Madison Pike) and Ky. 3035.

According to reports, Beers struck three vehicles. The accident also killed  the Hehman's basset hound Jojo.

Despite the charges, Kenton Circuit Judge Martin Sheehan has declined to change the condition of Beers' bond, allowing him to continue driving.

Just two weeks before the fatal accident that killed Brian and Melissa Hehman, Beers was charged with running a stop sign in Kenton County.

Beers faces up to ten years in prison if convicted on both counts.

He is scheduled to appear in a Kenton County courtroom again April 20.

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