MOUNT VERNON — A Mount Vernon man charged with killing a teenage girl with his vehicle while under the influence of drugs has legal counsel and a trial date.
Knox County Public Defender Bruce Malek signed on as attorney of record April 28 for Curtis Hull, 32. Hull is charged with one count of aggravated vehicular homicide and four counts of operating a vehicle under the influence in the Nov. 8, 2015, death of 17-year-old Chelsie Alaimo. Alaimo suffered fatal injuries after she was struck as she was crossing the street in Mount Vernon by a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer driven by Hull.
Hull was originally represented by Public Defender Brandon Crunkilton. However, Hull decided to hire his own attorney, claiming that Crunkilton told him he was “screwed” after seeing the charges.
Crunkilton withdrew as council Feb. 17. A jury trial was scheduled for April 26.
By late April, Hull had not obtained an attorney. Knox County Common Pleas Judge Otho Eyster informed Hull that his trial date would be moved forward, and the case would be heard on that date whether Hull had an attorney or not.
Hull’s case is scheduled for a jury trial June 7.
Hull faces up to eight years in prison on the aggravated vehicular homicide charge.