- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A man charged with vehicular homicide changed his mind and decided to plead guilty, interrupting jury selection for what would have been his trial in Des Moines.

Thirty-four-year-old Michael Liggett, of Monroe, took the action Wednesday. Station KNIA reports (https://bit.ly/1q1IADT ) that Liggett’s scheduled to be sentenced July 1.

The Iowa State Patrol has said 20-year-old Clayton Harsin, of Knoxville, was killed while riding his motorcycle north of Knoxville in August 2014. Troopers say Harsin was struck from behind when he slowed to make a turn.

The patrol says the driver of the vehicle that hit Harsin fled. A tip eventually led authorities to Liggett.

The trial was to occur in Polk County because of extensive pretrial publicity in Marion County.


Information from: KNIA-AM, https://www.kniakrls.com

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