Social media could affect murder case
MARSHALL COUNTY, KY- Tiffany Pittman did not spend her 20th birthday alone Monday. She was with her lawyer, in front of a judge.
Pittman is charged with murder and driving under the influence. She is accused of killing Jimmy Harper, 46.
He was on his way to work last August when investigators say her vehicle veered into oncoming traffic, hitting Harper's truck head on and killing him.
"We're hopeful of trying to sit a jury here in Marshall County," Circuit Judge Dennis Foust said at the beginning of the day's proceedings.
It was a conversation that later continued in the judge's chambers. Pittman emerged minutes later in tears.
The topic of conversation had been a petition started by Harper's family that called for stricter D.U.I laws. The state tells Local 6, thanks to social media sites15 out of a potential 80 jurors have signed it, or their friends have.
Pittman's lawyer, Josh Hitch believes that is 15 too many and he filed a change of venue motion.
Judge Foust denied that motion Monday. It means jury selection will get underway Wednesday in Marshall County.
Harper's son, Dallas, said he was relieved to see the trial move forward: "I think the defense is trying to prolong this, thinking we'll give up. No outcome will bring my Dad back but it's important people don't forget him."
A second motion in the case will be heard Tuesday. Pittman's attorney wants a portion of Pittman's toxicology report thrown out, saying some of the numbers presented are not accurate.
If a jury is unable to be seated in Marshall County the case will move to Calloway County and begin January 8th.