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Watterson murder suspect appears in court following 2 missed court dates

Keyshaun Stewart, the man accused of killing a highway maintenance worker and shooting an LMPD...
Keyshaun Stewart, the man accused of killing a highway maintenance worker and shooting an LMPD sergeant in the face finally appeared in court on Dec. 14.(WAVE 3 News)
Published: Dec. 14, 2021 at 3:26 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 14, 2021 at 4:19 PM EST
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - After failing to appear before a Jefferson Circuit Court judge twice, the man accused of killing a highway maintenance worker and shooting an LMPD sergeant in the face finally appeared in court Tuesday morning.

Keyshaun Stewart, 25, is accused of shooting and killing Fred O’Bannon, a construction worker who was working on the Watterson Expressway on Nov. 19. According to reports, Stewart approached a highway maintenance vehicle near the Dixie Highway overpass on the Watterson Expressway (Interstate 264). He then shot O’Bannon, a father of five, through the window.

Stewart allegedly then turned to an off-duty LMPD vehicle and shot Sgt. Chris Lane in the face. Despite being shot, Lane chased Stewart and fired, striking him. Lane is now recovering after surgery.

Stewart was arraigned in Jefferson County District Court on Nov. 24 and his bond was set at $1 million.

He was then scheduled to be arraigned in Jefferson Circuit Court on Dec. 1 before Judge Audra Eckerle, but he did not show up. Stewart then failed to show up for a rescheduled appearance on Dec. 10, but Eckerle did not order him to appear or hold him in contempt for failing to do so.

When he did appear on Dec. 14, Eckerle also set Stewart’s bond at $1 million.

He is expected back in court on Jan. 10.

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