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Man Charged with Murder in New Year's Crash that Killed Covington Couple

A car crash that killed a Covington couple on New Year's Eve has led to murder charges.

Mark Huffman, 58, was booked at the Kenton County Detention Center on Friday where he faces two counts of murder in the deaths of David and Ella McNay. Huffman and the McNays collided at the intersection of Pelly Road and 3L Highway at around 10 p.m. on December 31. 

According to Independence Police, Huffman failed to negotiate a turn on Pelly Road and his Cadillac was in the wrong lane and traveling at a high rate of speed when it crashed into the McNays' SUV. According to the police report obtained by The River City News, officers smelled alcohol on Huffman and found bottles of Oxycodone on his person. He was flown to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he tested positive for Oxycodone, opiates, and Benzodiazipines, and his blood-alcohol level was between .208 and .223, which is nearly three times the legal limit.

According to the police report, there are multiple witnesses who reported that Huffman was intoxicated that day. One witness told police that he had asked Huffman not to drive due to his apparent intoxication.  

A Go Fund Me account set up online to raise money for memorial expenses, indicated that the McNays left behind two children.

The crash also sent Huffman to the hospital where he had been receiving treatment since. 

Huffman is scheduled to appear in Kenton County District Court on Monday, January 25, a day before his 59th birthday. He faces 20 to 50 years in prison for each count

-Staff report

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