Judge denies request to suppress evidence for suspect in deadly Vann Drive crash


JACKSON, Tenn. — One of two women charged in the 2015 vehicular death of a Jackson couple appeared Monday in court.

jordan-bailey-hearingJordan Bailey faces charges including vehicular homicide, drag racing, reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

“Each of those individuals will testify that they were passed at a high rate of speed by two small, black cars,” Bailey’s defense attorney said.

Bailey is accused of drag racing with Markarious Searcy in 2015 on Vann Drive when Searcy’s vehicle collided with Thomas “Jay” and Julie Hogan’s vehicle.

The Hogans did not survive the crash.

In a hearing that started at 9 a.m., Bailey’s lawyer argued a motion to have several of Bailey’s statements and a video removed from the record because she was not read Miranda rights at the time.

In the hearing that lasted all day, Judge Roy Morgan denied the motion and will allow the statements and evidence during the trial, saying Bailey voluntarily stayed on scene for over two hours without force or pressure from police.

“After the crash, the defendant, Ms. Bailey, returned to the scene voluntarily. Not one witness came forth today said the witness was arrested, put hands on her or detained her to leave,” the lawyer said.

Last month, Searcy entered a guilty plea of two counts of vehicular homicide, one count of reckless endangerment and one count of reckless driving.

Bailey now has until her next court appearance on Dec. 9 to decide if she wants to enter a plea deal. Judge Morgan said he will not accept anything after that date.

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