Man charged with murder of 95-year-old woman has long criminal history

William Crumbaugh was in court again Thursday, just one day after being arraigned on a murder charge.

Thursday, he was arraigned in Graves County for driving under the influences on a suspended license, tampering with evident, and marijuana possession. Crumbaugh faces those charges after the death of 95-year-old Helen Adams.

It was Monday that state police say Crumbaugh rear-ended the riding lawn mower Adams was operating. It happened on Kentucky 1820 in Graves County. His bond is at $500,000.

Prior to these arraignments, we learned, Crumbaugh has years of criminal history.

In 2008 Crumbaugh pleaded guilty to a DUI in McCracken County. In 2010 he was charged with having marijuana in Carlisle County.

He pleaded guilty to another DUI charge in McCracken County in 2012. In September 2012 he pleaded guilty to reckless driving and driving on a DUI-suspended license.

Last February, Crumbaugh pleaded guilty in McCracken County to driving on a DUI-suspended license and again in June for driving on a suspended license. The latest charge he pleaded guilty to in September was possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.

McCracken County Commonwealth Attorney Daniel Boaz says “under the law, in regards to possession of a controlled substance such as methamphetamine, crack cocaine, heroin, things of that nature, the legislature has enacted statutes that call for treatment and rehabilitation instead of automatic incarceration.” That’s why Crumbaugh wasn’t in jail in September.

Boaz told me Crumbaugh had until November to prove he was getting rehab. The law, Boaz and the Sheriff’s office cited today, is House Bill 463. Boaz said it’s designed to help offenders get off drugs and to reduce the jail population.

“It’s not that they just walk away. The court imposes rules on them, and they’re supposed to abide by those rules. And, obviously, Mr. Crumbaugh didn’t,” Boaz said.

We also spoke with Judge Tim Kaltenbach, who says the last time Crumbaugh was in court it was on drug charges. His decision to opt for rehab instead of jail is Kentucky State law.

Crumbaugh will have a preliminary hearing on the murder charge and those traffic violations next Wednesday. 

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