Carla Atallah Pleads Not Guilty, Case Delayed Again

A sobbing defendant stood before a Pitt County judge and pleaded not guilty to killing a man who was riding in her car.

22-year-old Carla Atallah is charged with 2nd degree murder in the fatal car crash that killed Ryan Worthington.

Atallah was seen crying several times in the courtroom.

The Pitt County woman is facing murder and DWI charges for a wreck last September that killed the 21-year-old man on Worthington Road in Pitt County. Worthington was riding with Atallah when she crashed.

Atallah's license had been revoked before the fatal crash and the woman had two pending DWI charges along with a hit & run charge.

Worthington's family was also in the courtroom and the judge read off each charge Atallah's attorney responded "not guilty".

Court officials say Atallah is currently in a halfway house and within the next ten days she will be required to wear a monitoring system to track her whereabouts.

The woman's case has already been continued several times. Her trial is set for January 24th.


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  • by disgusted Location: washington on Aug 25, 2010 at 10:49 AM
    So, I suppose the message we want to send out is that "It's ok if you just kill one person while driving while impaired, but don't do it again honey". GIVE ME A BREAK! REALLY? What has happened to our judicial system taking a stand and protecting law abiding citizens from people such as her? To all of you who tend to side with this criminal, what if it's your child, brother, or other loved one next time? This further diminishes my lack of confidence in "the system".
  • by thatguysfriend on Aug 24, 2010 at 05:56 AM
    This is truely heartbreaking. My prayers go out to all involved. I know someone that is serving five and a half years in prison because he killed an innocent driver when he made the decision to drink and drive. To be inspired, visit www.themattmaherstory.com
  • by Outside City Limits on Aug 21, 2010 at 06:54 AM
    There is a District and Superior Court website where you can see how long these cases have been drawn out. Some DWI cases date back to 2007 here in Pitt Co., and every three months they get continued by the defendant's attorney. If I were the judge I wouldn't allow this. It is a strategy that convicted DWI offenders use to try to get out of the charges. Everyone is aware of this. However, it should not be allowed. Some of these defendants got a second DWI and now have two pending cases that continue to drag on and on.
  • by wow on Aug 20, 2010 at 12:31 PM
    To Anon: because im sure thats what you would do if you were in the situation...WHO ACTUALLY WANTS TO GO TO JAIL and why is everyone so concerned with how much money her family has, they are normal people...her father worked for everything he had and has built a life for his family
  • by Anon Location: Greenville on Aug 20, 2010 at 08:24 AM
    If she was really sorry, why didn't she pleade Guilty to doing what we all KNOW she did. She should take full responsibility for her actions and put herself at the mercey of the courts. But, No, she will try to circumvent the system and get off easy. Just another of the rich thinking they can get over on the world because the family has money.
  • by Someone who cares on Aug 19, 2010 at 05:24 PM
    bottom line is this would have never happened had she been NOT driving since in fact her she did not have a valid license at the time. She thinks she is above the law. And once she gets her punishment I am sure she will go back to her old ways...if she gets away with this. How would you feel if this was your family member!!! You would want justice served too! Her parents and siblings will be able to see her no matter where it may be, Ryan's will not and it is NOT ok for her to not pay the price for that!
  • by Keep Crying on Aug 19, 2010 at 08:48 AM
    @jacobi: Before you get banned from a bar you get cut off. Also, I'm not on trial for murder so keep your accusatory comments to yourself. Thank you. Knowing that a bartender can get charged with accessory, I used to give people rides home after the bar closed to insure that my patrons wouldn't get DUIs or worse. It kept me out of trouble and it was good business practice, since repercussions from DUIs generally keep people from being return customers. It made cleaning up take longer, but it kept everyone safe.
  • by Me Location: Winterville on Aug 18, 2010 at 03:57 PM
    I don't think that anyone posting doesn't believe in taken responsibility for your actions and being held accountable. To say who cares if someone has changedi and she gets what she deserves is harsh. What if this was your sister, mother, or daughter? Thoughts would be different. I'm not saying what happened wasn't unforgivable and I'm not unsympathetic to what if you were Ryan's brother, father or he was your son. What would Ryan want for Carla?
  • by wow on Aug 18, 2010 at 02:44 PM
    to me: I knew Ryan to I know he was a good person.....and I agree with the fact that she should have been punished for her other DUIs long before now but honestly do you think that he would really want this she didnt maliciously do this
  • by me on Aug 18, 2010 at 01:49 PM
    to wow...who cares if carla has changed now, too little too late...she killed a wonderful person who was changing too and he had been punished for driving drunk unlike carla who never got what she deserved in the first place because if she had we wouldn't be talking about this right now.
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