MURRAY, Ky. (AP) - Two western Kentucky men have denied allegations they were in a vehicle that may have struck a 62-year-old woman the same night the son of a state lawmaker hit and killed her.
Brad Bailey and Philip Jones said they couldn't remember where they were on November 11th, 2005. That's the night Nadia Shaheen was killed while walking home from studying at Murray State University.
Harrison Yonts was sentenced in February to 20 years after being found guilty of murder, driving under the influence, tampering with evidence and leaving the scene of an accident in Shaheen's death.
Yonts is the son of state Representative Brent Yonts of Greenville.
Defense attorneys Rick Johnson and Richard Null asked for a new trial based on evidence provided by Kerry Steen, a local car repair shop owner.
Steen told investigators that Jones admitted being a passenger in a car that may have hit Shaheen the night she was killed.
Bailey and Jones testified during a one-hour hearing yesterday that they couldn't recall specifically where they were the night of Shaheen's death, but they assumed they were home in bed.
Judge Dennis Foust said he would issue a ruling on whether to grant a new trial by next week.
--- Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com
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