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Former city attorney wants change of venue in fatal hit-and-run

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RUTLAND, Vt. -

A former Rutland city attorney charged in a fatal hit-and-run was back in court Thursday morning.

Christopher Sullivan, 53, is preparing to stand trial on charges of DUI with death resulting and leaving the scene of a fatal accident for the death of Mary Jane Outslay, 71, of Mendon, last April.

Sullivan is challenging the DUI charge. Because Sullivan didn't turn himself in until the day after the crash, no blood alcohol test was done. Instead prosecutors calculated his BAC based on what Sullivan says he drank the night of the accident.

The defense also requested a change of venue due to the publicity the case has garnered.

"The court does not want to essentially bring in a jury and take up what could be most of the day, and then in the end be unable to draw a panel because of the pre-trial publicity," Rutland District Court Judge Theresa DiMauro said.

The court gave lawyers until the end of the month to file related motions on whether the case should be moved.

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