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Suspects in court involved in car chase that killed Montgomery Co. sheriff


The couple accused of starting the chase that killed Montgomery County Sheriff Ladson O’Connor back in June appeared in court Monday.

Prosecutors say it all started when they refused to stop for a tail light ticket.

The court heard from loved ones of these suspects, asking they be released on bond as well as law officers who helped chase and arrest them, who say they're both too dangerous to go free.

Jim Lowery asked for bond on the charges of murder and others in connection with the chase that cause Sheriff O'Connor's death.

Lowery's sister testified he's stayed out of trouble since his release from prison five years ago. She said their father was shot and killed in 1988 in a confrontation with a game warden.

She also claims Sheriff O'Connor threatened her brother a few weeks before the chase.

“He had that in the back of his mind and also he had it on his mind that Ladson O'Connor had made that threat so he actually thought they were trying to harm him,” said Tina Lowery, suspect’s sister.

But Chief Assistant DA Lauren Shurling brought troopers to the stand, including the one driving the car whose dashcam recorded the chase and shots coming from Lowery's truck.

“It's like that old expression that a picture's worth a thousand words. The video is very telling as to the conduct involved on both of their parts,” said Tim Vaughn, Oconee Circuit D.A.

The second suspect, Dixie Best, asked for bond as well, claiming she was just a passenger. But troopers said Lowery could not have fired at them through a sunroof if Best wasn't helping drive, or at least steer.

Prosecutors expect this case to go to trial sometime next year.

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