The following indictments were handed down in the October 2016 session of the Criminal Court in Macon County with charges including homicide, attempted murder, and vehicular homicide.
Amy Aulick, 26, of Lafayette was charged with one count of criminally negligent homicide and two counts of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon involved. The incident occurred on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at approximately 2:30 in the afternoon, a SUV hit a car at a high rate of speed near the Old Hwy 52 intersection. Aulick was driving a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer, traveling east on Highway 52 West, when she attempted to make an illegal pass around a Chevy Silverado that was hauling cattle in a trailer, and struck a 2000 Mercury Sable head on. Michael Scruggs, Jr., 36, of Westmoreland was driving the car and received fatal injuries. The passenger in the front seat of the Sable was not injured and the juvenile in the back seat was taken to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Scruggs was resuscitated but passed away later that evening at Vanderbilt Medical Center.
William Jason Brawner, 34, of Lafayette was charged with one count of attempted first degree murder and one count of aggravated assault. The incident occurred on Saturday July 16, 2016. According to the affidavits, Brawner said that he and his wife Krystal had been arguing for the past few days over the children. He said that they were lying in bed, and Krystal said something to him. He wasn’t sure what she said, but when she said it, he raised up and hit her in the face two or three times with his closed fist. He stated that he then reached to the floor and picked up a pry bar and hit her in the face two or three more times. He stated that he then got out of bed and left the residence and drove to the sheriff’s department where he was detained.
Micheal Allen Bentley, 25, of Westmoreland was charged with one count of vehicular homicide-intoxication, and one count of failure to show proof of insurance. The incident occurred Saturday, May 28, 2016 when a one-vehicle accident on Green Valley Road, just before the intersection of Green Valley and Sparrow Road, resulted in the death of Benjamin Harper, 25, of Lafayette. Bentley’s vehicle, a 1995 Chevrolet pick-up truck, was traveling East on Green Valley Road when he lost control of the truck. The vehicle went off the north side of the roadway and struck a tree on the passenger side. After striking the tree the vehicle went down a 25 foot ravine into a dry creek bed. Harper was found in the passenger seat, and was declared deceased by the coroner at the scene.
Arraignments for all three individuals are set for November, 4, 2016.
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