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Kentucky Center Faces Charges

Kentucky football player Jason Watts will be charged with second-degree manslaughter and drunken driving, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

The charges stem from a Sunday morning truck crash that killed two others -- Watt's teammate Arthur Steinmetz and Christopher Scott Brock, a student at Eastern Kentucky.

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  • Pulaski County attorney Fred Neikirk said a criminal summons was issued, ordering Watts to appear in Pulaski District Court Dec. 17. At that time, he will formally be charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter and one count of drunken driving, Neikirk said.


    Watts' truck
    There's not much left of Jason Watts' pickup truck after Sunday's wreck. (AP)
    is not being arrested, Neikirk said. The manslaughter charges are felonies, meaning Watts' case likely will be waived to a grand jury for possible indictment, Neikirk said.

    Watts' blood-alcohol content was 0.15, Neikirk said. The level at which a driver is presumed intoxicated is 0.10.

    Watts, a senior who has been the Wildcats' starting center, was seriously injured when his pickup went out of control and overturned. He and the victims were thrown from the vehicle.

    Watts was in fair condition at Lexington's University of Kentucky Medical Center.

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