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Trial delayed for Ottumwa woman accused of hit and run

Morgan Lynn Houk was arrested on Sept. 3 after she allegedly seriously injured a man in a hit-and run. (Ottumwa Police Department)

The trial of an Ottumwa woman accused of seriously injuring a man in a hit-and run has been delayed.

24 year old Morgan Lynn Houk was set to be in court on Jan. 8.

But the pre-trail discovery has taken longer than expected so Houk's case has been pushed back until at least late February.

She was arrested on Sept. 3 after an incident near the north Hyvee gas station around 2 a.m.

According to the police complaint, Houk struck a man with her car as he attempted to stop her from driving, fearing she was drunk.

Houk was arrested at home later that morning after declining to take sobriety tests.

The victim was hurt seriously enough to be transported to university hospital in Iowa City.

She faces two felony charges, an OWI and reckless driving causing serious injury.

Houk's attorney has notified the court, that at that trial, the defense will present a justification defense.

Public court records don't indicate how the defense intends to make that argument to a jury.

Houk is currently free on bond. If convicted as charged, Houk faces up to five years on each count.

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