The man accused of driving the vehicle that struck and killed a Bear Branch resident has been indicted for murder by the Clay County Grand Jury.

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Alfred Frances

Alfred Frances, 37, has been ordered held on a $250,000 cash only bond on the charge of murder in the death of 85-year-old J.D. Hacker on April 8th.

Frances vehicle allegedly crossed lanes on Ky. 66, near Big Creek Elementary, head-on into the path of a truck driven by Hacker.  Hacker was a long-time over the road truck driver and was well-known throughout the community.

Hacker had just left his home near the Clay/Leslie line and was enroute to Lowe’s Home Improvement to purchase 2x4’s.  Francis vehicle crossed the centerline and nearly struck Hacker’s truck head-on.  Hacker, also known as “Black Stallion,” had to be extricated from the vehicle and was transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

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