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1 charge dropped against Poplar Bluff man accused in teen's death

Ben Ressel (Source: Butler County Jail) Ben Ressel (Source: Butler County Jail)
This is the intersection where investigators said Heavenly was hit. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS) This is the intersection where investigators said Heavenly was hit. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS)
Randel N. Sparks (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Department) Randel N. Sparks (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Department)
PEMISCOT COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

One felony charge has been dropped against a Poplar Bluff man charged in connection with the hit-and-run death of a 13-year-old Poplar Bluff girl.

Ben Ressel was facing felony charges of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and tampering with physical evidence in felony prosecution.

During a hearing on Sept. 11, Ressel's attorney's argued that he should be acquitted of both charges.

Judge Fred Copeland entered a Judgment of Acquittal on count 1, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident.

Ressel will still go to trial on the charge of tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution.

That bench trial is scheduled to begin on Monday, Nov. 20. It will take place in Pemiscot County after a change of venue request.

Randel Sparks, the man investigators said hit Heavenly Hafford on Dec. 9, 2015, as she walked near the intersection of Highway PP and Maud Street, pleaded guilty to charges of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and tampering with physical evidence in felony prosecution. He will be sentenced on Oct. 20.

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