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Indictment without bail in Dean Hart case

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A grand jury has returned a true bill indictment in the Dean Hart Jr. case. A true bill is an indictment which has been presented to a grand jury and endorsed as valid.

Hart Jr. was indicted on eight charges in the alleged incident involving the kidnapping of his wife and a standoff with law enforcement.

The grand jury also ruled that Hart Jr. should remain in custody without bail.

Attorneys say the grand jury considered all information in this case, including allegations made in a lawsuit by Hart Jr. on Wednesday that his estranged wife made up the whole story.

Dean Hart Jr. is accused of holding his wife against her will back in late December. He is also accused of battery and rape. When Hart's estranged wife allegedly escaped, police swarmed Hart's Monroe home resulting in a nine hour standoff.

Hart eventually surrendered and was arrested. He is currently in a rehab facility in southern Louisiana. A bond hearing on his status and if he will be returned to local custody is scheduled for April 23rd.

Information from Neal Johnson, Assistant District Attorney:

Today the Ouachita Parish Grand Jury heard evidence concerning the incident involving Dean Hart, Jr.  After hearing from several witnesses, the Grand Jury returned an 8 Count indictment against Mr. Hart.  The Court, upon the filing of the indictment ordered Mr. Hart to continue to be held without bail pending his bail hearing set for April 23, 2014.

Comment from Neal Johnson, Assistant District Attorney:

The District Attorney's Office is not permitted to publicly comment on the facts of this case.  We would like to thank the grand jury for its' hard work in the case.@

 

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