THOMASVILLE, GEORGIA: Khalil Pugh, 18, was involved in a car crash after he allegedly plowed his gray Toyota Camry through the parking lot of a Georgia Walmart and smashed it into the front doors on Wednesday, March 15. The fatal crash took the life of Florida veteran Kenneth Kennedy, 66, and injured at least three others. However, a clear count of the wounded victims is yet to be confirmed by officials.
Moreover, during a court hearing, the 18-year-old suspect allegedly flashed the judge two middle fingers after being denied bail for the callous crash as he was being carted out of court by bailiffs. Pugh’s gesture sparked huge audible gasps from the appalled audiences, and one apparent family member even walked up to the suspect telling him to “get his act together,” WCTV reported. “That’s what you call having no remorse,” an officer said after the outburst.
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Khalil Pugh smiles for mugshot after killing the victim
Thomasville police are seeking to try him for murder after evidence suggested the 18-year-old intentionally caused the crash, said investigators. The suspect was captured on surveillance footage driving a gray Toyota Camry car above the speed limit before crashing into the Georgia Walmart, reported local outlets. During the fatal crash, Pugh was accompanied by another individual seated in the passenger seat. Following the crash, the suspect attempted to reportedly run away from the crime scene but he was caught by shoppers, said the authorities.
In the aftermath of the crash, the unidentified individual was also taken in for questioning. Although it is unclear if the person will be charged. A chilling mugshot of Pugh showed the suspect smiling eerily displaying arrogant contempt. Officers claimed the suspect has a history of crime after he was previously booked for attempting to steal cars at a separate location. Pugh is facing 11 charges including malice murder, felony murder, homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault with intent to murder, driving under the influence, and reckless driving reported by the sources.
Florida veteran Kennedy served in Army for 25 years
66-year-old Florida veteran Kennedy who was killed in the crash served in the Army for 25 years. He later worked for the US Postal Service for another 17. He was also an active member at a Monticello church and was laid to rest on Monday at the Tallahassee National Cemetery. “He never met a stranger and was a true friend to all who knew him,” his obituary states. The Floridian veteran is survived by his wife, daughter, and two grandchildren, reported the source.