A 26-year-old woman faces a charge of Murder 2nd Degree in connection with the fatal traffic accident in September that took the life of Marianna Hernandez-Gonzales near 9th and Hardesty, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Deanna Holleran, dob: 1/10/1989, faces Murder 2nd Degree, Tampering with a Motor Vehicle 1st Degree, Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident and three counts of Assault 2nd Degree. The charges state that the Felony Murder charge is based on the fact that the victim was killed in a motor vehicle collision that resulted from the defendant’s perpetration of the Class C felony of Tampering.*
According to court records, police were dispatched to the area of 9th and Hardesty on the evening of Sept. 15, 2015, and found the victim deceased at the scene. Her overturned Tahoe and a heavily damaged vehicle were nearby. The victim had been ejected. The victim’s husband and six children also were in the vehicle with the victim. Three children were transported to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. Holleran told police she knew the vehicle she was driving was stolen and that she had been using Methamphetamine's and Marijuana just prior to getting into it. She also stated as she approached 9th and Hardesty she knew she had a red light. Out of fear of her, she said she closed her eyes and gunned it. Then the accident occurred.
Holleran’s bond was set today at $500,000.
The case remains under investigation.
*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded.