Princeton Times


January 4, 2013

First trial date continued in DeWitt homicide

PRINCETON — One suspect in a March 2011 homicide asked the court Friday to delay her trial.

Tammy Lee Keen, 39, of Princeton, stands charged with murder, robbery and conspiracy in the shooting death of Timothy DeWitt.

Keen was set for a pretrial motions hearing before Circuit Judge William Sadler Friday and due for trial on Jan. 15, but defense counsel Derrick Lefler requested a continuance.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney George Sitler reported after the hearing that co-defendant Chad Hylton remains in custody in Virginia, prompting the defense to ask for the delay.

Sadler granted the motion, once Keen waived her right to a speedy trial.

Sadler rescheduled Keen’s pretrial motions hearing for Feb. 25 and her trial for March 3.

Along with Hylton and Keen, Thomas T. Hall, 37, has been charged in DeWitt’s death.

DeWitt’s body was located by bridge workers near the area known as the Bluestone River gorge in the Gardner/Camp Creek community. He died of multiple gunshot wounds fired from two separate weapons, according to Mercer County Sheriff’s Department Det. R.M. Combs, who served as the lead investigator on the case.

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