Deadly Minnesota Drag Race Leads to Murder Conviction
Hastings, Mn (KROC-AM News) - It took members of a Dakota County jury about seven hours to find a Burnsville woman guilty of two counts of third-degree murder in connection with a deadly drag race last year
Dakota County Attorney Kathy Keena says the jury also convicted 20-year-old Camille Dennis-Bond of two counts of criminal vehicular homicide, criminal vehicular operation, and careless driving for the deaths of 22-year-old Tayler Garza of Woodbury and 22-year-old Dalton Ford of Burnsville. They were killed in a crash on Dakota County Road 42 in Burnsville on April 4, 2021.
According to the criminal complaint, Dennis-Bond was drag racing her teenage brother when his vehicle collided with the victim's vehicle in a crash that was so violent it split their car in two. Her brother, Leon Bond, was 17 years old at the time. A passenger in Bond’s vehicle was critically injured in the crash.
Witnesses reported the vehicles driven by Dennis-Bond and her brother were going more than 100 mph in a 50-mile-per-hour zone. A technical reconstruction of the tragic incident put the speed of the brother's car at 114 miles per hour just five seconds before the impact.
The reconstruction report listed the primary contributing factor for the fatal crash was Leon Bond's excessive speed. The secondary contributing factor for the deaths of the young man and woman was Dennis-Bond's vehicle and its excessive and matching speeds.
Leon Bond is scheduled to stand trial in late January. Dakota County prosecutors had requested his case be moved into adult court, for that was denied and he will be prosecuted under Minnesota's Extended Juvenile Jurisdiction law. Dennis-Bond is scheduled to be sentenced on May 24th.
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