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Three-year-old hit and run case to be tried next week

By Walter Geiger Just after dawn on March 2, 2012, passersby found the body of 33-year-old Norman Anderson between Hwy. 36 West and the adjacent railroad tracks. He had been walking along the roadway when he was struck and killed by a hit and run driver. Nearly 38 months later, the trial of the man charged with running him down and fleeing the scene will get underway in Lamar superior court next Monday with jury selection. Thomas Edward Lenhart III was in court here April 15 and rejected a plea deal offered in the long-simmering case. Jury selection will begin April 27 with trial proceedings getting underway the following day. Anderson, who suffered from depression, often walked the roads at night. Vehicle parts left at the scene and surveillance video from T.J. Outfitters across the highway led investigators to Lenhart who is charged with first degree vehicular homicide and hit and run. The dead man was the brother-in-law of Lamar sheriff Brad White. In last week’s brief proceeding, Lenhart appeared at the bench with his attorney Todd Harding of Griffin. District attorney Richard Milam said there is a motion in limiting pending with regard to two statements Lenhart gave investigators. ‘There is some argument as to their admissibility,’ Milam told Judge Tommy Wilson. After the hearing, Milam said the trial is expected to take much of the week.

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