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W.Va. man pleads guilty in fatal DUI crash

December 7, 2013
Associated Press

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Wayne County man has pleaded guilty to three felony charges stemming from a fatal drunken driving accident.

The Herald-Dispatch ( reports 44-year-old Michael S. Couch of Prichard entered the plea Friday in Cabell County Circuit Court.

He pleaded guilty to driving under the influence causing the death of 52-year-old Deborah Lynn Rakes of Kenova. He also pleaded guilty to third-offense DUI and third-offense driving on a suspended or revoked license.

Court records show Couch's van crossed the center line and struck Rakes' car on March 17 in Huntington. Relatives say Rakes had just left a church event.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 23.


Information from: The Herald-Dispatch,



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