Graves manslaughter fugitive dies in hospital

Basham

A fugitive wanted for manslaughter in Graves County has died after leaving a court-ordered drug rehabilitation center in a stolen truck and wrecking it in June.

Graves Commonwealth Attorney Richie Kemp has presented an order asking Circuit Judge Tim Stark to dismiss the case against Mark Wayne Basham, 33, of Mayfield, as a result.

Basham died July 17 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, due to injuries received in the wreck, said McCracken County sheriff's Sgt. Ryan Willcutt, who investigated the truck's theft.

Basham stole a 2012 Ford F-350 truck from McBride Mac Truck Sales June 26, the same day he left Centerpoint Recovery Center for Men against court orders, Wilcutt said. While fleeing the area, he apparently lost control of the truck in a sharp curve in the 6200 block of Old Mayfield Road.

The truck left the road at high speed and hit a utility pole and large tree head-on, Wilcutt said. Basham was ejected from the truck and flown that day to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with critical injuries. Investigators were unable to identify Basham as the driver until July 12.

Graves County Jailer George Workman said previously that investigators believe Basham gave methamphetamine excreted in his feces to at least five fellow jail inmates after being arrested following a police chase April 19. One of the inmates, Rodney Evans, died.

Police believe Basham swallowed laced methamphetamine during the police chase, which passed through his system while he was in custody.

Since then, as a result of that case and others, the Graves County Jail installed a body scanner to detect controlled substances and other hazardous items on or in inmates' bodies.

Also in court Monday, Stark signed an order expunging the criminal record of former Mayfield dentist Dr. Wesley Mills.

Mills and a co-defendant, David Clymer, agreed to pre-trial diversion in September 2017 to multiple charges associated with "doctor shopping" drug offenses associated with getting medication from multiple doctors.

In a pre-trial diversion agreement, the person agrees to comply with certain conditions, and the charge is later listed as dismissed/diverted as long as they are met.

As part of the agreement, Mills and Clymer entered Alford pleas, in which they do not admit guilt but admit enough evidence exists to convict them if the case were to go to trial. Legally, they are treated the same in Kentucky as any other type of guilty plea.

They agreed not to commit further offenses and to abide by the terms of supervised probation.

Mills had faced charges of two counts of tampering with physical evidence and two counts of conspiracy to obtain controlled substances by fraud. He successfully completed the diversion, and the case was dismissed in December, said Assistant McCracken County Commonwealth Attorney Jamey Mills, who served as special prosecutor in the case.

Kentucky law allows the expungement 60 days after the diversion is completed, Mills said. Defense attorney Bryan Wilson represented Mills in court.