Teen charged in Wal-Mart crash out of jail

Dillon Tart

July 22, 2010 9:00:00 PM PDT
The Harnett County teenager charged with killing his girlfriend in a Wal-Mart parking lot accident is out of jail. Dillon Tart, who is facing second-degree murder charges in the death of his 16-year-old girlfriend Ashley Moore, has bailed out of the Harnett County Jail. He is now under house arrest.

Earlier this week he appeared in court for the first time for his bond hearing. During the hearing, Tart's attorney fought hard to get his client out of jail.

"He's traumatized," said Jesse Jones, Tart's defense attorney. "He's very upset. He's never been in trouble before."

The district attorney's office wants to keep Tart behind bars and asked the judge to set a $250,000 bond. However, Jones was able to get the bond reduced to a $50,000 secured bond.

Tuesday, the prosecution said Tart was speeding between 52 and 56 miles per hour in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Dunn with his girlfriend in the car on June 4.

Security video shows the SUV speeding off from a nearby gas station. Investigators say the vehicle struck two cars, hit a curb and flipped into the front of the store.

Jones says his client has a history of seizures and that's what caused Tart to push down on the gas pedal and not let up. He says the case should have never gone to the grand jury.

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