2 New Motions Could Delay Trial in Fatal Crash

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The wanton murder trial of a Paducah teen involved in a fatal traffic crash could be pushed back for a second time in Benton.

According to The Paducah Sun, 19-year-old Tiffany Pittman's trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 4, but her attorneys filed two new motions Tuesday that could delay it a second time.

The defense said a motion seeks a change of venue because of pretrial publicity and because the person killed was well-known in the local community. Another motion challenges a state witness concerning Pittman's blood-alcohol level.

A crash on U.S. 68 in Marshall County in August 2011 killed 45-year-old Stephen J. "Jimmy" Harper when Pittman's car collided with his pickup truck.

The motions will be heard Monday. The commonwealth plans to oppose them.

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