Cleveland man enters plea in death at Trace Adkins concert

Cleveland man enters plea in death at Trace Adkins concert

December 18th, 2017 by Associated Press in Breaking News

HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man entered a plea Monday in a case stemming from the death of a man who was slung from a monster truck and run over during a festival.

Billy Jason Carson, 45, of Cleveland, Tennessee, entered an Alford plea to a charge of vehicular homicide by recklessness in Scott County in the death of Tony Farrell, 50, two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of reckless endangerment, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported . The Alford plea means Carson doesn't admit guilt but acknowledges sufficient evidence to prove the case.

The incident happened during a show by country performer Trace Adkins at the 2015 Memorial Day weekend festival in Huntsville, Tennessee.

"His version of who attacked first and who was in fear for his life would have been very different (at trial)," defense attorney Kenneth Miller said. "It is in his best interest to make this plea."

Sentencing is April 5.

Assistant District Attorney General David Pollard said Carson admitted slinging Farrell from an SUV and running over him. Carson told an investigator that he was trying to help a friend who said he had been attacked when the crowd attacked him.