Area realtor stands trial for DWI/Manslaughter

A trial date has been set for a prominent Buda realtor who is accused of driving drunk and killing an Austin woman in a 2014 accident.

Hays County District Attorney Wes Mau said the case involving Jason Tarr will go before Hays County Judge Jack Robison May 1, 2017.

Mau said the reason for the May date is that many District Judges have a rotating schedule where they are in a different court in their district every month.

Mau said Robison’s first availability to try the case was in March. However, due to the lack of witness availability at that time, the trial was moved to May 1.

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 Chrysler Sebring driven by Nancy Sterling-Dalton.

Tarr was originally indicted on a charge of second-degree intoxication manslaughter. A charge of first-degree murder was added in 2015.

As far as the speediness of the trial, Mau said he suspected it would take a little longer due to the manslaughter charge.

“I think it will be longer than a typical DWI case because there is a death involved,” Mau said, “I estimate it will take a week to a week and a half.”

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