January 7, 2014

Murder case goes to grand jury

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A Laurel grand jury will hear evidence concerning a November crash that critically injured five people, eventually resulting in the death of a London woman.

Cora Wilson, 35, of Sand Springs Road in Mt. Vernon, appeared before Laurel District Judge John P. Chappell on Thursday for a preliminary hearing on charges of murder, three counts of first-degree assault, and driving under the influence. Wilson said she would waive her right to a hearing and send the case on to a Laurel grand jury. Wilson told Chappell she would be represented by London attorney Warren Scoville, who was not present for the hearing.

Chappell told Wilson her case would be heard before the grand jury in February and instructed her to report to Laurel Circuit Court for possible indictment on Feb. 21.

Wilson was the driver of a Pontiac Grand Prix who crossed the centerline of Ky. 80, nine miles west of London, on Nov. 27 and hit a Honda CR-V head-on. The crash, described by deputies as one of the worst they had ever witnessed, pinned Wilson, her two passengers, and the driver of the Honda and his wife inside the vehicles. Four of the five were flown by medical helicopters from the scene to the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Darlene Woods was transported to the London-Corbin Airport and flown out in a Fixed Wing helicopter.

Although all five suffered serious injuries, Darlene Woods died from her injuries on Dec. 7, 10 days following the crash. Her husband was still hospitalized at the time, although the other three victims of the crash had been released.

Deputies investigating the case obtained toxicology reports from the Emergency Room at UK Medical Center, which revealed Wilson had numerous drugs in her system at the time of the crash. She was arrested on Dec. 22 at a residence in Laurel County and is currently held under a $250,000 cash bond.