Pittman Case Going to Trial
By WestKyStar Staff
BENTON, KY - Tiffany Pittman is scheduled to stand trial next week on charges related to a fatal wreck on a Marshall County highway last year.
Murder, first-offense DUI and first-degree assault are the most serious charges 19 year-old Pittman faces in connection with the Aug. 15, 2011, crash along U.S. 68 that claimed the life of 45-year-old Stephen J. “Jimmy” Harper.
Pittman also faces other charges relating to the crash, including failure to maintain required insurance, failure to produce an insurance card, failure to wear seat belts and instructional permit violations.
According to the Paducah Sun, Circuit Judge Dennis Foust severed the insurance-related charges but kept the others joined. He also ruled that the state cannot present any evidence pertaining to her lack of insurance.
Pittman's attorney asked to file a motion for change of venue for her trial on Aug. 28 in Marshall County. Foust has not yet granted this request. He also advised Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blakenship that time is running out on any possible plea deals.
Blankenship told Foust that a plea is still possible and he hopes to reach an agreement.
Pittman, who police say was intoxicated and fighting with her intoxicated passenger, crashed her Pontiac Grand Prix into Harper's Chevy S-10 pickup truck just a few days before his 46th birthday.
According to reports, Harper was almost off of the road and nearly stopped in the east-bound lane when Pittman, traveling westbound, crashed into his vehicle at between 60 and 65 mph.
Pittman’s car hit the truck at an angle, and Harper died on scene. Harper was on his way to work and was wearing a seat belt.