Teen accused of murder to go before grand jury
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– Jody Norwood/Tribune-Courier

A Paducah teenager charged with murder wiped away tears Wednesday while authorities recounted the events that led to the death Stephen "Jimmy" Harper.

Marshall County Sheriff's Deputy Nathan Maxlow testified in circuit court that Tiffany L. Pittman, 18, crashed her Pontiac Grand Prix into Harper's S-10 truck Aug. 15 along U.S. Hwy. 68. Harper, only days away from his 46th birthday, was killed in the collision.

Reports estimate Pittman's speed between 60 and 65 mile per hour at the time of the crash, while Harper was stopped in the eastbound lane. Harper was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and was on the phone to his son. Pittman, who was driving with an instructional permit, had a blood alcohol level of .098 at the time of the crash. A passenger in the car, Holly Heitt, had a blood alcohol level of .311. State law prohibits anyone with an instructional permit from operating a vehicle without a licensed driver.

Wednesday, Maxlow testified Pittman had confessed to consuming three cans of Four Loko before the crash. One can, investigators said, contained the equivalent alcohol content of four cans of beer.

Jamie Jameson, Pittman's court appointed defender, argued in court Wednesday against the murder charge.

District judge Jack Telle reduced Pittman's bond to $25,000 from $50,000 after determining there was enough probable cause to send the case to the grand jury. The case is scheduled to go before the Marshall County Grand Jury Sept. 8, which will determine if Pittman is indicted on murder or other charges.
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