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Former Trooper Matt Mitchell’s Hearing Cancelled

No new date was set to hear his appeal to get his drivers license back.
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MT. VERNON, Ill. (KMOX) - Without explanation, a hearing for former Illinois State Trooper Matt Mitchell to try and get his drivers license back is cancelled.

Even Kim Schlau, the mother of Kelli and Jessica Uhl, who were killed when Mitchell’s patrol car crossed the median on I-64, was surprised to hear of the abrupt cancellation of his scheduled hearing set for May 20.

“The hearing officer said its very unusual to have a cancellation this close to the hearing date and that there wasn’t any reason given that he was aware of and that they did not ask for any alternate date,” Schlau says.

Schlau says she can only assume the cancellation was sought by Mitchell’s attorney.

Mitchell, after four previous hearings, was denied license reinstatement. This is the first time the hearing date was cancelled.

Kim says every day the family tries to heal a little more. She hopes the sign on I-64 dedicated to Kelli and Jessica serve to remind people to slow down and pay attention.

Investigators said Mitchell was driving at 126 miles an hour while on his cell phone before the crash.

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