Trial begins for man accused in death of teen

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Jury selection for a trial involving the hit-and-run death of a 16-year-old Craig girl began today in two increments.

To ensure the jury pool is large enough for jurors to remain unbiased, one group came in at 8:15 a.m., the other at 1:30 p.m. The final 12, plus alternates, will decide the outcome of the case against George Largent, who faces charges of vehicular homicide while intoxicated, vehicular homicide while driving recklessly, criminally negligent homicide, careless driving causing death, leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with physical evidence.

The trial is expected to run through Friday.

Largent is the primary suspect in the hit-and-run accident that occured early March 7 in the 800 block of South First Street and left Megan Terrill unconscious, 174 feet from the point of impact. A newspaper carrier found her next to a ditch, presumably a few hours after the accident. She died March 16 from the injuries sustained during the accident.

Vehicle debris left at the scene, including a part of the front right headlight assembly and the Chevrolet logo led police to a suspect vehicle, and 45-year-old Largent turned himself in March 10 on a $20,000 bond. Since then, his bond has increased twice -- when Terrill died and vehicular homicide was added to Largent's list of charges, the bond moved to $40,000.

It increased to $60,000 after Largent violated his bond by consuming alcohol in August. He paid the bond each time.

Keith Mazel, 21, also faced charges after the accident and was sentenced to six months in jail and three years probation for providing alcohol to minors and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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