Pittman was scheduled to stand trial in Marshall Circuit Court beginning today.
Pittman, 19, of Paducah, has pleaded not guilty to wanton murder in the Aug. 15, 2011, head-on crash which killed Stephen J. “Jimmy” Harper, 46, along U.S. 68 in Sharpe. Pittman admitted to Marshall County Sheriff’s deputies she had consumed alcoholic energy drinks prior to driving on the night of the accident. Harper, who was on his way to work in Marshall County, died at the scene.
Jurors assembled at the Marshall County Circuit Courtroom at 9 a.m. Judge Dennis Foust did not take his place on the bench until 9:41 a.m. He called for a roll call of potential jurors before announcing they would be released from service and would not be recalled.
Foust said the trial was scheduled to last three days.
Commonwealth's Attorney Mark Blankenship said Foust admonished him, head defense attorney Jamie Jameson and their teams to avoid discussion of the evidence with the press. Blankenship added any statements about evidence strengthening or harming a case could be unethical and taint potential jurors at the next scheduled trial.
"We had a third party present us with some evidence just yesterday (Monday)," Blankenship said. "We had been unable to share this with the defense before now, and under the rules, we had to have a continuance."
Blankenship added the delay would allow the prosecution and defense adequate time to review the evidence.