Murder suspect’s father arrested

When Donovan Hart was arrested for second degree murder Friday in connection with the shooting death of Latonia Moore, he was riding in a car driven by his father.

Damesey J. Hart, 43, of Ruston, was also arrested at the time for accessory after the fact to second degree murder.

Donovan Hart, 18, had been sought for several days in connection with the murder on Greene Lane last Tuesday afternoon. Information was received Friday afternoon that Hart had left Nutmeg Drive in a white sedan headed west on U.S. 80. The car was spotted on U.S. 80 by Simsboro Police Chief Gene Butler and stopped. Lincoln Parish deputies took both Harts into custody.

Louisiana law defines an accessory after the fact as “any person who, after the commission of a felony, shall harbor, conceal, or aid the offender, knowing or having reasonable ground to believe that he has committed the felony, and with the intent that he may avoid or escape from arrest, trial, conviction, or punishment.”

The penalty for accessory after the fact is up to five years in prison.

Damesey Hart’s bail was unavailable at the time of publication. Donovan Hart is being held on $1 million bail on the murder charge.

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