Court hearing postponed for UK student driving car that struck and killed 4-year-old


Jacob Heil – Fayette County Detention Center

Jacob Eads

The latest court hearing for Jacob Heil, the UK student who allegedly struck and killed a 4-year-old boy with his car in September, has been postponed.

Heil was scheduled to have a pre-trial conference in Fayette County District Court Friday, but his hearing was pushed back to Dec. 7 in order allow more evidence to come in, according to his attorney.

“It was just based on the fact that we’re still waiting for some information to come back on the case before we went forward,” said Heil’s attorney Chris Spedding.

Spedding said he could not comment on the evidentiary information the counsel is waiting on. He also said he wasn’t sure what would come of Heil’s case on the new hearing date in December.

“I can’t really tell you what’ll happen on that day yet. There’s just a lot of unknowns about the case right now,” Spedding said.

Heil was charged with DUI in September after he was identified as the driver of the silver passenger car that struck and killed 4-year-old Marco Shemwell, who was waiting to cross Cooper Drive with his family after a UK football game.

Court documents show that Heil told police that he drank two beers at 9:30 a.m. at a tailgate before the game.

Heil was arrested at the scene of the accident with red, blood-shot, watery eyes and was charged with DUI. He was later released eight hours after his arrest.

Spedding said blood was taken from Heil at the jail at the time of his arrest, but the results from that test have not yet been released.

UK suspended Heil in September as well as the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity he had pledged.

Spedding said that Heil and his family have been doing well more than a month after the incident.

“He’s doing as well as he could be,” said Spedding.