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Trial continues for man accused in murder of 13-year-old

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The trial continues for the Daviess County man arrested in the hit and run murder of 13-year-old Madalynn Matlock.  

Jeffery Kotarek, 47, is charged with the hit and run that happened on March 6th, 2010.  He is also facing the charges of fleeing the scene of an incident and tampering with physical evidence.

Tuesday, the jury heard the 911 calls that were made the night when Kotarek hit Matlock with his car.  Police say Kotarek hit Matlock as she and a friend were walking along a road, and left the scene. Brian Hawkins was one of the first witnesses on scene.  Hawkins shared what Matlock's friend told him after the hit and run.

"She didn't even know her name at the time," said witness Brian Hawkins. "She was pretty hysterical. I heard a lot of things being talked about while I was on the phone with 911, and I was also trying to do what they told me to do for Madalynn."

Matlock was placed on life support at a Louisville hospital, but then later died of her injuries.

If Kotarek is convicted, he could face 20 years to life in prison on the murder charges.

14 News Reporter Dave Kirk is live tweeting from the trial.    

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