Tribune-Courier News Editor
BENTON – Emotions ran high in Marshall County Circuit Court Friday as Tiffany Pittman entered a not guilty plea. Pittman, 18, has been charged with murder following the Aug. 15 wreck that claimed the life of Jimmy Harper. Pittman had admitted to drinking alcoholic beverages prior to driving.
After attorney Jamie Jameson entered the plea, Pittman became visibly upset. Wiping away tears, the accused returned to her seat before shouting “I can’t do this” and running out of the courtroom.
Also present in the courtroom were friends and family of Harper wearing memorial tee shirts. A representative of Mothers Against Drunk Driving was present throughout the arraignment.
Jameson asked the court for bond consideration and to allow for a psychological examination. Judge Dennis Foust said he would review the pre-trial report, leaving Pittman’s bond at $25,000. A status hearing has been set for Nov. 21.
Pittman originally appeared in Marshall County District Court in August after being treated and released from Lourdes Hospital.
Harper, a well known basketball and softball referee, was killed Aug. 15 while parked on the side of U.S. Hwy. 68 in Sharpe. Pittman’s car crossed the center line and collided with Harper’s vehicle. According to police reports, Pittman was under the influence of alcohol and driving on an instructional permit.