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Kentucky Football Player Charged

November 17, 1998

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) _ University of Kentucky football player Jason Watts is being charged with second-degree manslaughter and drunken driving, a prosecutor said Monday.

The charges arise from a Sunday morning truck crash that killed two others _ UK player Arthur Steinmetz and Christopher Scott Brock, a student at Eastern Kentucky University.

Pulaski County Attorney Fred Neikirk said a criminal summons was issued Monday, ordering Watts to appear in Pulaski District Court on Dec. 17. At that time, he will formally be charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter and one count of drunken driving, Neikirk said.

Watts is not being arrested, Neikirk said. The manslaughter charges are felonies, meaning Watts’ case likely will be waived to a grand jury for possible indictment, Neikirk said.

Watts’ blood-alcohol content was 0.15, Neikirk said. The level at which a driver is presumed intoxicated is 0.10.

Watts, a senior who has been the Wildcats’ starting center, was seriously injured when his pickup went out of control and overturned. He and the victims were thrown from the vehicle.

Watts was in fair condition Monday at Lexington’s University of Kentucky Medical Center, where he underwent a preliminary operation to clean the wound, which stretched from his elbow to his wrist.

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