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Judges Hear Blakey Appeal


A young man serving time in prison for killing three friends in a car crash, wants to have his conviction thrown out. Wednesday the Third District Appellate Court in Ottawa will hear arguments in the case of Morgan Blakey, from Toulon.

Now 23 years old, Blakey was the driver of a car in 2011 that crashed in Henry County, near Kewanee, killing three Stark County High School students, Kelsey Clifford, Levi Berg, and Bradley Wood. Prosecutors say Blakey blacked out behind the wheel after "huffing" or inhaling from an aerosol can, and that his car was traveling at 90 miles per hour when it left a country road and rolled over.
  A fourth person was injured in the crash.  

Two years later, he was convicted of aggravated drunken driving and reckless homicide, and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.