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Man charged with murder, DUI in fatal crash pleads not guilty

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David Batts David Batts
Jason Shawler Jason Shawler

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville man charged with murder and DUI after a wrong-way crash on the Gene Snyder Freeway pleaded not guilty in court on Monday.

David Batts, was still in a wheelchair when he appeared in court for the first time since his arrest on May 30.

Police said Batt's blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit when he hit Jason Shawler's vehicle head-on, killing him.

The judge ordered Batts to be held on a $50,000 bond due to the serious nature of the crime.

Batts has been arrested previously on a DUI charge.

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