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Man charged with murder in deadly DUI crash appears in court

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James O'Bannon is arraigned on murder and assault charges after police say he caused a DUI crash that killed a 5-month-old infant. James O'Bannon is arraigned on murder and assault charges after police say he caused a DUI crash that killed a 5-month-old infant.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The man police say caused a Friday night crash that killed a 5-month-old infant appeared before a Jefferson County judge Monday morning.

James O'Bannon had been previously arrested for driving under the influence before, and police say he was driving on a suspended license Friday when he hit a van on 18th and Cedar, causing a deadly wreck that killed 5-month-old Avani Ingram.

"Mr. O'Bannon, the last judge that was here said, 'If you don't stop drinking you're going to kill somebody.' Guess what?" a county prosecutor said Monday morning at his arraignment.

"He made that choice to drive intoxicated and, he took my baby," said Levarcia Ingram.

Several people were inside the van, including Levarcia Ingram and her twin baby girls.
Avani Ingram was pronounced dead at Kosair Children's Hospital. Her twin sister, LaNiya, is still recovering and has been upgraded to fair condition.

"Right now I am just so mad!" said Levarcia Ingram, who wants answers from O'Bannon.

"Where did he come from -- if he was in a bar or at a liquor store, how did he still be able to get in his car, who gave him keys, why is he still in possession of a vehicle?"

According to court records, O'Bannon had no business behind the wheel -- in February, his license was suspended after he was convicted of driving under the influence.

"I hope they put him up underneath the jail," Levarcia Ingram said.

Back at the scene of the crash, people have left flowers, stuffed animals and even pictures of the baby.

"I told my husband that I want him to have a picture when they sentence him, I want to give him a picture. Because I want him to post this picture on his wall so he can look at my daughter's face every day," Levarcia Ingram said.

O'Bannon is charged with murder, assault, wanton endangerment and driving on a suspended license. His bond has been set at $750,000 full cash.

Avani Ingram will be laid to rest on Saturday in Warsaw, Ky.

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