- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015
2 plead not guilty in Kentucky student’s death, 3rd charged

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Two men charged in the fatal shooting of a University of Kentucky student last week pleaded not guilty Monday, as police arrested a third person in the case.

A 17-year-old was arrested in Lexington and charged with murder, robbery and tampering with evidence in connection with the death of Jonathan Krueger, the city said in a news release.

Officials did not release the teen’s name because he is a juvenile.

Police do not expect more arrests, the release said.

Earlier, Justin D. Smith, 18, and Efrain Diaz, 20, appeared briefly via video link from jail, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. Their lawyers entered the not guilty pleas during the appearance.

Smith and Diaz are charged with murder and robbery, and Smith is also charged with tampering with evidence.


Funeral held for Massachusetts soldier killed in Afghanistan

NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Family, friends and dignitaries have honored a 22-year-old Army medic from Massachusetts who was killed in Afghanistan two weeks ago.

The Telegram & Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1K07hWrhttps://bit.ly/1K07hWr ) Cpl. John Dawson’s father Michael thanked his son in a funeral eulogy “for the best 22 years of our lives.”

A Mass was held for Cpl. John Dawson on Monday in Upton, and he was buried with full military honors in the Northbridge village of Whitinsville where he grew up. Dawson leaves his parents and a sister.

Gov. Charlie Baker, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey were among those attending his funeral.

Baker ordered flags flown at half-staff Monday. So did Gov. Steve Beshear of Kentucky, where Dawson served with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell.

Dawson died April 8 when his group was attacked on an escort mission.


Republican governor candidates to debate May 11 on KET

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky’s four Republican candidates for governor will meet on statewide television one week before the May 19 primary.

KET’s “Kentucky Tonight” program will host the four Republican candidates for governor at 8 p.m. EDT May 11 for what could be the only statewide televised debate before the primary. Host Bill Goodman will quiz Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner and former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott.

The candidates’ running mates will debate on a separate program one week earlier.

Democratic candidate Geoff Young will appear on the program next Monday along with running mate Jonathan Masters. Attorney General Jack Conway will not participate. Conway leads Young by a wide margin in fundraising and public polling.


Jockey Chris Antley leads Racing Hall of Fame class

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - Chris Antley, the late jockey who twice won the Kentucky Derby, was elected to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame on Monday with thoroughbreds Lava Man and Xtra Heat and trainer King Leatherbury. They will be inducted Aug. 7.

Antley, who died of a drug overdose in 2000, won the Derby in 1991 with Strike the Gold and in 1999 with Charismatic. In a career that spanned from 1983 until his death at 34, Antley won 3,480 races with purse earnings of $92,261,894.

He won 127 graded stakes races and 293 overall stakes and led North American riders with 469 wins in 1985. He also won the Preakness Stakes with Charismatic and ranked in the top 10 nationally in wins each year from 1984 through 1987.

On Halloween in 1987, Antley won nine races - four at Aqueduct, five at the Meadowlands. In 1989, he had a streak of 64 consecutive days with at least one win.

Antley’s career was interrupted by frequent battles with weight, alcohol and drugs. He lost his New York jockey’s license in 1988, when he tested positive for cocaine and marijuana. After entering drug rehab, he came back to win his first Kentucky Derby aboard Strike the Gold, then won the Derby and Preakness with Charismatic.

Antley might best be remembered for his reaction at the end of the 1999 Belmont Stakes, when Charismatic’s bid to win the Triple Crown ended with two broken bones in his left front leg. Antley sensed something was wrong as he neared the finish line, and Charismatic slowed as Lemon Drop Kid sped past to the victory. When Charismatic came to a stop, Antley jumped off and protected the injured leg until help arrived.

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