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March 27, 2013

Litton murder case heads to grand jury

Suspect charged with intentionally causing fatal wreck


Somerset —

Patterson said a dashboard camera in Molen’s vehicle shows Stephens’ approaching headlights — and it shows he attempted to avoid the collision. 
“The headlights were (pointed) well off the roadway,” said Patterson. 
The impact trapped both drivers in their vehicles, according to SPD, and sent Stephens' vehicle off the road, where it came to rest on the north side of the highway. 
Litton was airlifted to the UK Medical Center. Stephens was transported by ambulance to the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead by the Pulaski County Coroner's Office. 
Patterson estimated that only 17 seconds passed between Molen attempting to turn around and the crash. He said Molen and Litton traveled eastbound on West Ky. 80 for around 10 to 12 seconds, and he said the dashboard camera shows that Litton entered into the westbound lane and remained there for around five seconds before the crash. 
Patterson testified Litton’s family had called Pulaski County 911 and reported that Litton left a home on Limestone Street in Somerset less than an hour before the accident. Litton’s family reported that he’d left intoxicated, and he indicated he would intentionally drive head-on into a tractor trailer in an attempt to take his own life. 
“So she (Litton’s mother) was concerned about the safety of her son,” said Hatfield.
Patterson confirmed that, and he said the 911 call was logged at 9:24 p.m. An SPD officer responded at 9:48 p.m. and a bulletin was sent out informing authorities about the incident. Patterson said officers are often given information on an individual and the vehicle they may be driving if its suspected they may be driving intoxicated or they may try to harm another person.
The officer left the home at 9:56 p.m., and within minutes, the crash on West Ky. 80 occurred, according to Patterson. 

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