By Jennifer Farish

Daily Journal

A Lee County grand jury will consider whether a 15-year-old will face adult charges in connection with the death of a Tupelo High School student killed in a July car wreck.

David Kline was the driver in the July 3 wreck that killed Tupelo High School student Tony Tucker, a passenger in the 1999 Nissan Maxima.

Another passenger and owner of the car, 45-year-old Margaret Gough of Belden, was injured in the wreck.

Capt. Bart Aguirre of the Criminal Investigation Division of Tupelo Police Department said Kline will appear before the grand jury next week when the district attorney will seek an indictment against him for a death related to driving under the influence.

Aguirre would not comment on Kline's blood alcohol level at the time of the wreck. However, Mississippi "zero tolerance" law requires a minor to be charged with DUI offenses with a .02 blood alcohol level.

Wednesday, Judge Charles R. Brett signed an order transferring Kline's case from Youth Court to Lee County Circuit Court.

The penalty for the felony charge of causing death by operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is up to 25 years in a state prison.

The wreck occurred about 2:30 a.m. on Purnell Road near the Wendover subdivision in West Tupelo. Tucker had just completed his freshman year at Tupelo High School.

Aguire said Gough is still under investigation by Tupelo police.

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