CHRIS Daughtry’s stepdaughter had failed to appear at court for her hearing on a hit-and-run shooting with her boyfriend days before she was found dead.
The clerk of court handling the criminal case against Hannah Price and her boyfriend Bobby Jolly, 24, said that the 25-year-old had shown up to her previous hearings – but she failed to appear for her most recent one on November 3.
At that time a warrant was issued for her arrest as she had failed to appear in court.
In April Hannah and Bobby were arrested in a hit-and-run accident on Interstate 40 in Middle Tennessee, according to the criminal complaint obtained by The Sun.
Bobby allegedly shot at another car as he was fleeing the scene, in what authorities deemed a road rage incident.
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News of Hannah’s death was first reported on Friday, November 12, and her boyfriend was arrested that same day – on the charge of failure to appear in court on their hit and run case.
The clerk explained Bobby failed to appear for the charges against him as early as his first scheduled hearing on the matter.
“Bobby failed to appear in court on June 21st, and a warrant was issued for his arrest at that time,” the clerk explained.
The Sun can also reveal that while Bobby was picked up Friday in Fentress County, Tennesse, he has since been handed over to the Putnam County Sheriff, where he and Hannah were arrested on the hit and run charges.
A source at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department told The Sun “Bobby is in custody here but it’s unrelated to anything going on with the investigation in Fentress County. He is only here for a capias warrant for failure to appear, completely unrelated to any other events going on.”
The Sheriff’s Department confirmed that Bobby remains in custody with them, while the criminal court confirmed that he is scheduled for an appearance on his failure to appear in the hit-and-run on Wednesday.
Both Bobby and Hannah were arrested and charged with aggravated assault in the incident.
Hannah’s case was playing out in Putnam County Criminal Court until she failed to appear earlier this month.
Reports that Chris Daughtry’s daughter was found dead circulated on Friday.
She was originally believed to have been found dead in her Nashville apartment, however the brunt of the case appears to be unfurling in Ferren County with sparse details being released by the 8th Circuit District Attorney there.
Additionally, Hannah’s autopsy is being completed by the Knox County Regional Forensic Center, which oversees Ferren County cases- but not Nashville cases.
On Monday, the district attorney said they’re not treating Hannah’s death as a homicide, saying: “This is a death investigation and any attempt to classify it as a homicide investigation at this time is premature and irresponsible.”
The shocking turn came after detectives informed Daughtry and his wife Deanna that Hannah’s passing was due to homicide, TMZ reported.
Bobby was arrested the same day Hannah’s body was found.
Daughtry said he was “absolutely devastated and heartbroken” after receiving the news of his stepdaughter’s death.
“I am still processing the last 24 hours. I am absolutely devastated and heartbroken. Thank you all for your kind words and condolences,” Daughtry said on Saturday.
As the circumstances around the 25-year-old’s death remain under investigation, details from her troubled past have emerged.
Hannah’s life seems to have taken a dark turn since the March 2018 suicide of her biological father, Randall Scott Price.
Less than a year after Randall’s death, Hannah was allegedly shot in the face as she was caught in a run-in with gang members in Humboldt, Tennessee, the New York Post reported.
According to one of Hannah’s Facebook posts, the shooting happened when she was taken to “a place where she did not feel safe” by a “friend she barely knew.”
Hannah claimed she was shot as she tried to save her friend’s life after teenagers who wanted to join a gang tried to kill him.
I noticed they didn’t have the gun cocked so by the time I noticed they were trying to shoot at him I was trying to run the kid over with my car and I ended up getting shot in the face,” Hanna wrote on Facebook.
“I was blind for a little over two weeks and this happened directly after my dad had committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. It was a lot.”
Hannah claimed on Facebook she was the “seriously injured” woman mentioned in a news report of the incident, which says a 15-year-old was charged with attempted murder over the 2018 shooting.
According to her social media, Hannah needed surgery and was given a prosthetic eye after being shot.
She also claimed that while she was getting surgery someone broke into her apartment and stole “everything.”
Hannah set up a GoFundMe on October, 2018, after the incident, writing: “Hi I am Hannah Price and I am raising money for my medical bills.
“I was airlifted after being shot in Humboldt TN Oct 12 2018 and had emergency surgery. I’m also raising money to pay for my next surgery. I do have insurance so it covers most of it but I have an out-of-pocket pay about $120.
“I totaled my car whenever I was shot trying to save my friend so I also need to save money to get a new vehicle so that I can start working again.”
Just months before her death, Hannah had another encounter with the law.
Hannah’s social media activity in the weeks leading to her death also paint a grim picture.
In one of her last messages on Instagram she wrote: “Look around and love somebody the world’s been hateful long enough” and added the hashtag iloveyouasyou are.
CHILDREN LEFT BEHIND
Hannah reportedly had two small children.
She and her younger brother, Griffin, 23, are Deanna Daughtry’s children from a previous relationship.
Chris and Deanna also have twins Adalynn Rose and Noah James, 10.
The singer got his start on the well-known show American Idol in 2006, when the original judges heard out the singers, and has since made a name for himself on the country stage.
Chris has cancelled all of his forthcoming shows which were part of his Dearly Beloved tour and has flown back to Nashville, Tennessee, to be with his grieving family.
“Due to the unexpected death of Chris and Deanna Daughtry’s daughter, Hannah, all currently scheduled shows for the coming week for Daughtry have been postponed,” a statement posted from both the band and Deanna’s accounts said.
“The Daughtry family thanks you for your understanding and respectfully asks for privacy during this very difficult time. Further details will be made available at a later date. The investigation into this tragic death is still ongoing.”
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