DAY 2 OF HEIL TRIAL: Prosecution, defense focus on what happened during crash


LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56/WKYT) – Day 2 of the trial against Jacob Heil saw more emotional testimony.

Heil is accused of getting behind the wheel, and hitting and killing 4-year-old Marco Shemwell. The crash happened back in 2018 near Kroger Field during a UK football game.

Tuesday, prosecutors and defense attorneys are focusing on what happened during the crash. A firefighter and police officers who were on scene gave their testimony as well as Ben Shemwell, Marco’s dad.

Ben Shemwell said he saw cars passing by, looked down at his sons, looked up, and saw a car coming towards them. Ben Shemwell said he stepped back grabbing Maximo with him but did not see Marco at his side.

“I turned and looked for Marco and he wasn’t there beside me. I realized he had been hit. I looked very close to me. It took me a while to find him. There was another tree on down the way. I saw him down there and headed down there,” Ben Shemwell said.

Ben Shemwell said he saw Marco’s body lying at the foot of a tree. He rushed over. He said Jacob Heil also go out of the car went over saying, “I’m sorry. I’m sorry.”


We also heard from a witness who saw the crash and from Officer Sago, who spoke to Heil right after the incident. On the recording, Heil admitted that he had a few beers at a tailgate party.

Officer Sago said Heil was visibly upset about the crash after seeing Marco had been hit.

The trial is still ongoing. Stay with FOX 56 for updates.

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