Acy pleads not guilty

Published 10:59 am Monday, May 4, 2015

During a formal arraignment Monday morning, the Lincoln County teen charged in the deaths of two Brookhaven High students pleaded not guilty to DUI homicide.

Charles Acy, 18,  who remained quiet during the hearing, pleaded not guilty on two charges of DUI homicide. Acy has been charged in the deaths of Jevonta Dickey, 18, and Shaquan Richardson, 18. Dickey and Richardson were killed in a car accident on Oct. 14, 2014, when the vehicle they were traveling in was struck by Acy’s 2003 Hummer.



Acy allegedly drove his Hummer negligently while under the influence of marijuana or alprazolam, also known as Xanax. Acy was also allegedly speeding at the time of the accident. Dickey and Richardson were traveling in a 2008 Ford F-150 when the truck was struck. Richardson was pronounced dead on the scene, and Dickey was transported to King’s Daughters Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead, according to Deputy Coroner Ricky Alford.

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Dickey and Richardson were both seniors at Brookhaven High School. The incident took place during the week of homecoming after the two boys had left a softball playoff game.

Retired Circuit Court Judge Frank Vollor has been appointed to preside over the case. Vollor worked for the Ninth Circuit and retired in 2009. Both 14th Circuit Court judges, Michael M. Taylor and David H. Strong Jr, signed a recusal order on April 1.

Vollor set a deadline for discovery motions for June 29 at 11 a.m. The trial has been set for 9 a.m. Aug. 11.

In October, the Brookhaven Board of Alderman voted to bring in David Brewer from Pike County as prosecutor due to potential conflicts of interests and to ensure Acy has a fair and impartial trial.

Special Assistant Attorney General Jim Giddy of the Public Integrity Unit has since taken over as prosecutor on the case.

During his initial appearance in October, Acy was denied bond.

During the probable cause hearing in February, Judge Brad Boerner found that Acy could be a flight risk and a threat to public safety. Boerner ruled Acy was entitled to a bond and set it at $1 million. Acy is prohibited from driving, leaving the state, alcohol consumption and consuming narcotics without a prescription.

Acy remains in Lincoln County jail.

Acy’s family is currently in the process of retaining Nelson Estess as his defender. A public defender stood in during the formal arraignment Monday. Vollor said if an agreement with Estess was made, Acy could substitute him in.