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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Alexandria Man Taken Into Custody in Campbell County Court

Mark Rachford was taken into custody after more restrictions were imposed upon him today in Campbell County District Court. Judge Cameron Blau was presiding. FTM file. 
Mark Rachford, 45 from Alexandria, waived his preliminary trial today in Campbell County District Court today, after being arrested in connection of a crash that killed 12-year-old Campbell County Middle School student, Eric Raney.

Rachford was arrested Thursday, September 29, for a felony offense of leaving the scene of an accident and failure to render aid in the incident that occurred on Tuesday, September 27. He was originally released on his own recognizance.

Raney was riding his bike to school that morning and lived less than a half mile from the school.

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After waiving his grand jury sentence, Judge Cameron Blau had bailiffs take Rachford into custody today and raised his bond to $2,500 cash or $5,000 property.

"I don't think only an O.R. bond is appropriate," said Blau. "In light of serious nature of this charge and the fact that there was a choice to be made, stopping or leaving the scene, I'm going to impose a cash bond as well as some additional restrictions."

Those restrictions include his driving privileges being revoked, not possessing or consuming alcohol or illegal drugs and random drug screens on top of a $2,500 cash bond. Rachford is viewed as a low-risk bond risk.

Rachford's attorney, Kirk Pfefferman, said that he had never been convicted of a crime before this incident and that his client did not realize he had struck Raney when pulling out onto US-27. He also noted that Rachford was a lifelong northern Kentucky resident and has been employed by the same company for the last 14 years.

"He has no criminal history whatsoever and has been fully cooperating," he said. "He has been very truthful and did not realize (his vehicle had struck Raney). After being pulled over by police, he drove his vehicle back to scene." 

His attorney also went onto say that police cited him and released him on that day and allowed him to drive home.

He originally asked the court if he could put up his 2006 Chevy Silverado as collateral for the bond, but that was not permissible.

The grand jury could look into whether Rachford will be charged with more than the original felony.

This story will be updated.