DNA Test Granted In Fatal Accident Case
A Knox County judge has given the okay for D-N-A testing to be done on a Galesburg woman accused of causing a fatal accident a few weeks ago near the Knox College campus.

Judge James Stewart yesterday ruled in a hearing that 33-year old Lakeesha Smith can have blood, saliva, and hair samples taken from her as part of the evidence-gathering process in the case.

Smith faces charges of Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Death, Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, and Reckless Homicide.

She's accused of committing an accident in late-October that claimed the life of Knox junior Tundun Lawani, as she was crossing South Street.

Public Defender Jim Harrell argued that the testing to be done is irrelevant, and that he objected to the testing being done.

But Stewart sided with prosecutors who argued that the testing is completely relevant.

Smith remains held in the Knox County Jail on 100-thousand dollars bond, and will be back in court Monday for a preliminary hearing.

A number of vigils and memorials have been held on campus since the accident, one occurring this past weekend.
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