Hit-And-Run Trial To Begin

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On the night before a hit and run trial was set to begin in Lexington, family and friends of the victim, 18-year old Connie Blount, gathered at the Baptist Student Center on the University of Kentucky campus.

It was nearly 10 months ago when police say Shannon Houser's truck hit and killed Blount as she was walking in the intersection of West Maxwell and South Broadway streets.

Jack Blount, the victim’s father, as well as several other family members were in court Monday, expecting a guilty plea from Shannon Houser, who is charged with leaving the scene and tampering with physical evidence.

But at the last minute, Houser changed his mind and decided to go ahead with the trial.

“We will just have to wait a little bit longer now, to learn the outcome of this case,” Jack Blount said.

“We think about Connie everyday. Some days are good and others are bad,” he added.

Blount held an informational gathering at UK’s student Baptist Center Monday night for family and friends of Connie.

Dozens came to pay their respects.

“Connie had a way of making friends with everyone she met and we felt it was important to show the people here in Lexington how much all their support has meant to our family during this tragedy,” Blount said.

Jury selection is set to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

If found guilty, Houser could spend up to five years in prison. The trial isn't expected to take more than two days.

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