The Michael B. Bickett case is still pending and the next court date is 2-23-24. Bickett (27), of Hawesville, was indicted on the charge of Wanton Endangerment, First Degree, which led to the death of Jacoby Gray (22), of Hancock County, in late December 2022. The Grand Jury charges were, Count One: That on or about December 23, 2022 in Hancock County, Bickett committed the offense of Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree when he wantonly engaged in conduct which created a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to Jacoby Gray (22); and Count Two: That on the same date, Bickett committed the offense of Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of a controlled substance (agg. circum.), Second Offense, when he was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/and or controlled substance. Bickett is a convicted felon and had been released from prison in early 2022. This was an ongoing investigation, as the wreck and Jacoby’s death both occurred in Indiana. The prosecutor in Perry County was Samantha Hurst. ISP Jasper Post’s Detective Fisher was assigned to the investigation. No further details on the investigation in Indiana were provided.
More details on this case can be found here: https://www.hancockclarion.com/2023/01/25/bickett-second-court-hearing/
The Jacob Allen McFall case is on a pretrial diversion for 5 years. The next court date is 9-27-24. McFall (21), of Hawesville, was charged on January 17th, 2023 with 4 counts of Wanton Endangerment in the 1st Degree – a Class D felony in KY. He wantonly engaged in conduct which created a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to a HC Schools bus driver, bus monitor (Terry Morris and Tim Boarman) and minor children. Judge Vincent ordered that McFall have no contact with his sibling, Charles, an HCHS student; no firearms; and that he must stay away from schools and have no contact with school personnel. In addition, a mental health assessment was ordered. Deputy Butch Garst reported on Friday, January 17th, 2023 that Terry Morris and Tim Boarman had arrived at the McFall residence and picked up Charles McFall on behalf of Hancock County Schools in a marked Hancock County School van. While there and trying to leave, Jacob McFall came out shooting and waving a pistol near them. They said it was a small caliber revolver. Morris has known Jacob for many years and tried to calm him and explain what was going on in order to leave safely. Jacob advised he shot 3 times into the ground as a warning. Shooting and waving the firearm near the 2 adults and 2 juveniles in the van in the driveway showed an extreme indifference to the value of human life and engaged wantonly in conduct which created a risk of danger of death or serious physical injury to another person; being 2 occupants of the van.
More details on this case can be found here: https://www.hancockclarion.com/2023/01/25/allen-man-arrested-for-firing-warning-shots/