Hit & Run Trial To Begin

A trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday in the case of a man facing charges in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed a University of Kentucky student.

Police say Shannon Houser's truck hit and killed 18-year-old Connie Blount as she crossed a street near campus last April.

He is charged with tampering with physical evidence along with two other misdemeanor charges.

Houser was expected to plead guilty Monday to the charges, even going as far as signing the trial waivers but, at the last minute, he told the judge he wasn't guilty.

The judge then told Houser he couldn't accept the guilty plea, now the trial will go on as scheduled.

Members of Connie Blount's family were on hand as they were shocked to hear that Houser took back his guilty plea.

Jack Blount, Connie's father says even if this goes to trial he doesn't expect justice, the maximum sentence he could receive is 6 years and 30 days in prison.

Blount says Houser deserves to be charged with murder.

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