Clarksville teen charged in father's murder appears in court
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - The Clarksville woman charged with murdering her father appeared in a Montgomery County courtroom Thursday for a preliminary hearing.
A tearful Rebecca Hart sat silent as detectives read statements she made to police the night after her father, 50-year-old military veteran and businessman Gilbert Hart, was shot to death.
At first, detectives said 18-year-old Rebecca denied any involvement but later changed her story.
"She said numerous times she didn't want anything to do with it and told her brother she didn't want anything to do with it," Clarksville police Detective Timothy Anderson said.
Rebecca Hart told authorities a plan to kill her father was discussed two months ago and while money and a weapon were exchanged between her brother, 17-year-old Alex Hart, and an unnamed 15-year-old, the plot fell through.
"She knew of the plan to kill her father on the Monday before the murder," Detective Anderson continued.
Authorities said Rebecca Hart drove her father's killers to her home and waited in the car. She claims she never thought the plan would be carried out.
Detectives have yet to release a motive but hinted at one in court.
"Apparently, Mr. Hart was not the nicest person to some of his family and that may have been what led to this whole incident. Alex and Becca had issues with the way he treated them," Detective Anderson said.
Rebecca Hart is charged with first degree murder.
The judge denied a request to reduce her $1 million bond and her case was bound over to the grand jury.
Alex Hart and the unnamed 15-year-old were arraigned on murder charges in juvenile court earlier this week.
Assistant District Attorney Bill Cloud said he plans to ask the youths be transferred to adult court.