, Corbin, KY

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July 13, 2012

Bunch’s death will affect charges

Two juveniles charged with former state rep’s injuries

CORBIN — By Charlotte Underwood /  Staff Writer

The recent death of former state representative Dewayne Bunch will have an affect on the case pending against the two juveniles who are charged with injuring him more than a year ago, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Allen Trimble.

Bunch suffered a serious head injury while breaking up a high school fight April 12, 2011, and died at 2:31 p.m. Wednesday at Oak Tree Hospital in Corbin. He was 50.

The two high school students, ages 15 and 16 at the time of the incident, were charged with first-degree assault on Bunch, according to Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell.

Harrell said when Whitley ambulance personnel arrived on scene at Whitley County High School, Bunch was unconscious.

Bunch and two other teachers were injured when they tried to break up a fight between the two students.

Bunch was taken to Baptist Regional Medical Center and was transferred to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where he was immediately taken to surgery.

At the time of the incident, Bunch was 49, a science instructor and a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, representing all of Whitley County and a part of Laurel County in the 82nd District.

Due to it being a juvenile case, Trimble was limited in what he could say.

“His death will affect the charges that are pending in juvenile court,” Trimble said.

Arrangements made for Bunch

Funeral arrangements have been made for former Whitley County teacher and State Rep. Dewayne Bunch.

Visitation will begin at noon Sunday and continue until the funeral hour of 4 p.m. at Croley Funeral Home in Williamsburg. Burial with military rites will follow at Croley Addition of Highland Park Cemetery in Williamsburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dewayne Bunch Scholarship Fund at Forcht bank of Williamsburg and Corbin.

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