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Lottery-winning hit & run defendant has her own attorney

A Barnesville woman awaiting trial on allegations of hitting a Gordon State College student who was on her way to work with her car and leaving the victim to die on a Rose Ave. sidewalk has won $100,000 playing the Georgia Lottery Bobbie Jo Sumner, 41, bought the 100X The Money scratch off at B&L Quick Service last week and discovered it was a winner at her home which she plans to renovate with the proceeds. The money may go for her legal defense instead. Sumner is charged with one count of first degree vehicular homicide and one count of hit and run. The charges stem from the June 29, 2013 death of Alexandra Noelle Desir. Desir, a Gordon State College student, was on her way to work at Huddle House from her dorm room when she was struck and killed on Rose Avenue in Barnesville. Investigators allege Sumner hit Desir, fled the scene and hid her car at the home of a boyfriend in Griffin but was later caught. Lottery spokesperson Kimberly Starks noted Sumner declined to be photographed for a news release regarding her winnings. Informed of the charges pending against Sumner, Starks indicated the winner and the suspect were the same person and the release would be pulled from the lottery website as soon as possible. UPDATE: Clerk of Court Caleb Tyson reports Sumner has hired attorney Michael Shane Welsh of Atlanta.

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