UPDATE: Michael Hardy enters plea in murder case

Published: Jul. 19, 2016 at 9:35 AM CDT
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Michael Hardy entered a Not Guilty plea Tuesday morning in Warren Circuit Court.

Hardy is charged in the murder of Jeremy Pryor, as well as other charges.

Bowling Green police say Hardy crashed into Pryor at the corner of Smallhouse Road and Lois Lane in November, 2014.

Pryor died at the scene. Hardy suffered minor injuries, and was taken to the hospital.

In opening statements The Commonwealth stated that the jury will hear testimony of how Hardy's blood alcohol level was .190 at the time of the crash, and how his friends begged him not to drive that night.

"You will hear that he promised he would not drive. That a friend was picking him up. You will hear them tell you that they told him whatever you do, do not drive, but unfortunately Mr. Hardy was not a man of his word," said Commonwealth's Attorney Chris Cohron.

The defense waived their right to opening statements, intending to save everything for evidence.

Witnesses did take the stand in the afternoon on Tuesday, testifying not only to Hardy's drinking the night of the crash, but also to his questionable emotional state leading up to that day.

More witnesses will take the stand over the course of the rest of the week, including officers who worked the crime scene that night.

Judge Wilson expected the trial would last through Friday.

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