BENTON - Cory Burkeen appeared in Marshall County District Court today on arraignment after being charged in connection with the collision that injured three Marshall County teens, two critically. The twenty-four year old Gilbertsville man appeared without counsel today, with District Court Judge Jack Telle stating that he would refer the case to the same public defender currently handling Burkeen's other court cases.
Burkeen is charged with one count of DUI, punishable by up to 30 days in jail, driver's license suspension up to 120 days and fines ranging from $200 to $500.
Burkeen is also charged with four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and two counts of first-degree assault, which are felony charges.
Family members of Shane McKenty, one of the teens severely injured in the collision were in the courtroom as Telle entered a plea of 'not guilty' on behalf of the defendant.
The matter has been scheduled for a preliminary hearing where it will be determined if enough evidence exists to bind the matter over to the grand jury for possible indictment.
The preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 17 at 1 p.m.