DWI death: Buda realtor to stand trial in 2017

A prominent Buda realtor indicted on intoxication manslaughter and murder charges could face trial early next year.

Jason Tarr, who was indicted on a second-degree manslaughter and a first-degree murder charge in the death of Nancy Sterling-Dalton, could have his case go to trial in January, Hays County District Attorney Wes Mau said. 

Mau said the move comes after a pre-trial hearing on the case that was scheduled for this past Monday was postponed indefinitely. 

The pre-trial hearing was scheduled due to a motion of suppression filed by Tarr’s defense, Mau said. The motion was meant to suppress information related to the results of Tarr’s blood alcohol content level at the time of the incident.

The defense filed for a continuance for the Monday hearing based on an inability to contact a key witness. 

However, due to Judge Jack Robison’s frustration of the duration of the case, Mau said he would not grant any more continuances.

“The next time this case appears on the court docket, it will be set for a jury trial,” Mau said.

Due to the upcoming holiday season, Mau said jury trials are not usually scheduled after the first or second week in December. 

Tarr, who was indicted in 2015 by a Hays County Grand Jury, is accused of driving drunk and crashing his truck head-on into a 2006 Chrysler Sebring operated by Sterling on Sept. 29, 2014 on FM 1626 near Lakewood Drive. 

An indictment is not a finding of guilt, but is a formal accusation that suggests enough evidence exists to warrant a trial. 

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