Lee County grand jury indicts Culver in March 2 run-down death

By PATSY R. BRUMFIELD/Daily Journal

TUPELO – Jeffery Scott Culver faces a Lee County manslaughter indictment in the March 2 death of Richard Allen Darby.
Court records show that Culver, 49, was accused by the grand jury of killing Darby after Culver’s vehicle ran over him.
He will be among scores of defendants to face arraignment July 19.
His two-page indictment charges him with two counts – death by culpable negligence, which is manslaughter, and as the vehicle’s driver, of failing to stop at the scene of the accident and render aid to Darby.
If convicted, Culver faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 or both on each count.
July 19 is the date set in circuit court of Lee County for arraignments, which is the name for a hearing when the state presents formal charges against a defendant. He may plead guilty or not guilty.
If he enters a not guilty plea, his case will go the docket for prosecution during a later court term.
Culver remains in the Lee County Jail on $75,000 bond.