LIMA — The teenager who may be tried as an adult has a criminal history that includes eight burglaries.
Kevin Godsey, 17, is charged with involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony and failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony.
He also is charged with violating his parole from prison for children, where he was sent for numerous burglary convictions.
Godsey broke down crying in court Thursday as Juvenile Judge Glenn Derryberry read the charges. Godsey was so emotional Derryberry had to take a break in the hearing.
Eventually, Godsey entered not guilty pleas. Prosecutors will seek to have him bound over to adult court where he would face up to 14 years in prison, rather than just a little more than three years if sentenced as a child.
Godsey is charged over the July 25 crash that killed Devontae Williams. A Lima Police officer was attempting to stop Godsey over possible drug activity when Godsey drove away at a high rate of speed, police reported.
Seconds later, the van he was driving crashed into a car at the intersection of Kibby Street and Central Avenue while trying to run a red light. Five people were inside the van, including Godsey.
Police found a small amount of marijuana inside the van.
Williams is the same man who was shot in the stomach earlier this year outside a bar when 19-year-old Marcus Simpson Jr. was killed.