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Motions denied in hit-and-run case

A Douglas County judge denies several motions made by attorneys for a woman accused of killing two construction workers in a hit-and-run accident on Highway 59 last year.

August 6, 2008

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A Douglas County District judge on Tuesday denied several motions made by attorneys for a woman accused of killing two construction workers in a hit-and-run on U.S. Highway 59 last fall.

Judge Paula Martin denied a request to dismiss the second-degree murder charges Ramona Morgan is facing.

Morgan's attorneys argue the state failed to present evidence showing Morgan acted with "extreme indifference to human life."

Morgan is accused of ignoring signs and warnings and driving through a construction zone on Sept. 11, 2007, hitting and killing two workers and injuring a third.

"All of the witnesses testified she sped through that construction zone twice," said Eve Kemple, assistant district attorney. "She failed to heed any of the warnings. She did not brake, did not swerve, she took no evasive action."

The judge also refused once again to lower Morgan's bond. Her attorneys asked that she either be placed on house arrest or GPS tracking while awaiting trial.

Morgan's bond remains set at $200,000. Trial is set for Sept. 2.

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