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Local man accused in DUI death appointed new lawyer

August 28, 2018

HUNTINGTON - A man accused of killing a woman while driving drunk two years ago was appointed a new lawyer Monday during a pre-trial hearing in Cabell County Circuit Court.

Johnathan Scott Hensley, 37, of Huntington, was indicted in March on charges of driving under the influence causing death and driving under the influence causing serious bodily injury.

Hensley’s attorney, David Tyson, requested to withdraw from the case after Hensley would not follow his recommendations on the prosecutor’s plea offer.

Cabell Circuit Judge Gregory Howard set a new pre-trial hearing for 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24.

Hensley is accused of killing a woman and injuring her sister while driving under the influence Oct. 4, 2016, in the U.S. 60 Walmart’s parking lot.

Melanie Ann Stephenson died in the hospital about a week after the incident.

A second victim, Judy Kaye Stephenson, survived but was still in the hospital recovering at the time of her sister’s death.

Witnesses identified Hensley as the driver of the vehicle in question and said he was driving excessively fast, talking on his cellphone and looking into the store while driving along the building’s entrance, according to a criminal complaint.

The defendant said he heard a noise and realized he struck two people.

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