Woman to get accident expert paid for by public

July 17, 2011 - 12:29 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A judge has set aside $2,000 in public money for a Jackson woman to hire an expert in her fight against a drunken driving charge.

The Clarion-Ledger reported that 46-year-old Jeanette Sterling is charged with aggravated DUI from a 2009 accident in south Jackson that seriously injured a motorcyclist. Her trial last month ended with a hung jury. A retrial is set for Sept. 12.

Circuit Judge Jeff Weill said the money can be spent on a defense expert in accident reconstruction. Sterling is being represented by a public defender.

If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in prison.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com