Bond Reduced To $50,000 For Second Degree Murder Suspect

21-year-old Carla Atallah turned herself into the Pitt County Detention Center on Friday, according to officials.

Bond was originally set at $1 million but in a second hearing on the case Friday, it was reduced to $50,000 secured.

Officials tell WITN Atallah has been in a treatment facility in Greensboro and will return there. Officials say she will be there for 30-60 days then released to the custody of her parents.

Officials say her parents are paying for the treatment, which averages $13,000 a month.

Officials say upon Atallah's release, she will have to be in the home from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and has to wear electronic bracelets, one for alcohol monitoring.

Officials say if Atallah does not complete the treatment program or abide by the restrictions, bond will be raised to $500,000.

Atallah is charged for second degree murder in connection to the death of a 21-year-old Greenville man. Atallah has also been charged with DWI.

Ryan Worthington was killed last week in the crash on Worthington Rd., near D.H. Conley High School in Pitt County. Atallah was driving the car.

Highway Patrol troopers say Worthington was thrown from the vehicle when it flipped, and he died from his injuries.

Two warrants, including a second degree murder charge, were issued Wednesday in a drunk driving crash that killed a 21-year-old Greenville man.

As of Thursday morning, lawmen report the warrants have still not been served.

The driver of the SUV, 21-year-old Carla Atallah, has also been charged with DWI.

She was treated and released from the hospital following the crash, according to officials.

The Highway Patrol says warrants for her arrest include second degree murder and driving while license revoked.

Ryan Worthington was killed last week in the crash on Worthington Rd., near D.H. Conley High School in Pitt County.

Highway Patrol troopers say Worthington was thrown from the car when it flipped, and he died from his injuries.

According to a former prosecutor, a second degree murder charge carries a maximum penalty of 38 years.



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We spoke to former Pitt County prosecutor Matthew Davenport who told us what charges the driver may be facing.

"It's absolutely possible for her to get charged with Second Degree Murder if it turns out she was impaired and caused his death."

A Second Degree Murder conviction carries a maximum of 38 years.

Davenport says other possible charges include Felony Death by Motor Vehicle. He says its a Class E felony which carries a maximum term of six and a half years.

If Atallah was charged with Involuntary Manslaughter Davenport says it carries a sentence of just below five years.

Ryan Worthington was killed last week in the crash on Worthington Rd., near D.H. Conley High School in Pitt County.



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A graveside service was held for 21 year-old Ryan Worthington killed on Friday while in his friend's SUV.

The service was held Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Worthington Family Cemetery on Corey Road in Winterville.

A make shift memorial was set up on Worthington Road where the accident happened.

The driver of the SUV Carla Atallah has been charged with DWI.

Highway patrol says other charges are pending and could be announced as early as Monday.

We spoke to former Pitt County prosecutor Matthew Davenport who told us what charges the driver may be facing.

"It's absolutely possible for her to get charged with Second Degree Murder if it turns out she was impaired and caused his death."

A Second Degree Murder conviction carries a maximum of 38 years.

Davenport says other possible charges include Felony Death by Motor Vehicle. He says its a Class E felony which carries a maximum term of six and a half years.

If Atallah was charged with Involuntary Manslaughter Davenport says it carries a sentence of just below five years.

Atallah has only been charged with misdemeanor DWI. A Highway Patrol Spokesperson says the DWI charge allows them to do a blood test.

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State troopers have charged a Pitt County woman with drunk driving after an accident that killed a passenger in her car.

The Highway Patrol says 21-year-old Ryan Worthington was killed early Friday morning on Worthington Rd., near D.H. Conley High School in Pitt County.

Worthington was a passenger in the car driven by 21-year-old Carla Atallah, according to troopers. They say Worthington was thrown from the car when it flipped, and he died from his injuries.

The accident happened at 2:30 a.m. Friday.

Online court records show the 21-year-old woman has two pending DWI charges along with a hit & run charge.


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  • by Alex Location: greenville on Apr 28, 2011 at 03:44 PM
    Ryan worthington is my cousin You have no idea how terrible it is to lose a family member so close for somthing that wasnt his fault it wasnt even his fault I think All you inconsiderate people need somthing and you would deffinitely not talk down about him around me!
  • by My Two Cents Location: NC on Oct 28, 2010 at 11:45 AM
    @'from the same high school' FIRST DEGREE murder is when you go out with the intention to kill someone. That is why she is only being charged with SECOND DEGREE murder, which means not premeditated. @student. Of course we can blame the system, etc... but that doesn't remove one ounce of blame from the individual. It seems that your argument is, "Since I got away with it twice, I should just be able to keep doing it." How moronic is that?
  • by Hypocrits all of u! Location: new york on Jan 27, 2010 at 07:29 PM
    I love how ignorant rednecks like to talk about what they feel is important in a story. I went to school with carla and knew ryan worthington. THEY WERE BOTH DRINKING that night, so had ryan been driving it could have carla that died. The blame shouldnt be put on either one of them, but rather the blame should be put on the friends who let them leave and drive drunk from wherever they were at. Nobody means for these things to happen, and to call carla a murderer is selfish, evil and inconsiderate. a murderer INTENTIONALLY kills people. and who cares how much time a drug dealer gets for selling dope, it has nothing to do with this ACCIDENT. when intoxicated its common knowledge that your judgement is impaired, so why arent the friends who let them get behind the wheel of car while intoxicated being questioned, or scrutinized like u redneck, hillbilly, holy rolln-bible thumpn hipocrits are doing to carla. i havent spoke to her since highschool, but i know she is no murderer.
  • by student Location: greenville on Nov 4, 2009 at 08:54 AM
    And another thing is. instead of putting all the blame on Carla and her family. why not put some on pitt countys OH SO FINE police and court system. THEY are the ones that gave her TWO DUI's and anyother charge she had and still let her go. BLAME them for knowing her record and her still not being punished. they put DUI's off for yearrrrssss people that get them when they are 18 aren't even affected until they are 21 and 22 years old. If they were handled swiftly and in a reasonable amount of time maybe she would of been on house arrest that night or something. So people should quit looking for a easy way out by just blaming just her and look at the BIG picture.
  • by from the same high school Location: greenville on Nov 4, 2009 at 08:49 AM
    when people say "murder" that sounds pretty intentional do you HONESTLY think in some of yall's small negitive minds that carla seriously got ready that night, went to go hang out with her BEST FRIEND Ryan got drunk with him with a plot to kill Just him in a car crash? GET REALLL if you know her she didnt plan for this to happen! she loved him just as much as other friends of his. but the sad truth is, is that ryan knew when he got in that car that they were BOTH drunk and that neither one of them belonged in a car. But they BOTH got in knowing they shouldnt.something else that alot of people neglect to see or dont even know--is that carla was wearing a seat belt, when she put her's on she told ryan to put his on too. and he didn't. There are plently of things that could have been done differently but they werent. I'm not condoning what happend in ANY way it is as tragic as it gets.
  • by Katie on Oct 27, 2009 at 09:23 AM
    Any updates on her court cases?
  • by Tony Location: NY on Sep 29, 2009 at 07:01 PM
    Look here you Rednecks, She did not do it deliberately, plus the poor guy wasn’t wearing his seat belt and he was drinking too and this is what Pitt County did not reveal to public. I know people work at the county and they mentioned to me that both were drunk. I’m not defending her but don’t make a big deal out of it, just like any ordinary kids. My condolences to his family and may he rest in peace and God be with you Carla and your family and I hope you learned your lesson.
  • by sally Location: nc on Sep 25, 2009 at 08:10 PM
    I agree with Speakingfreely, she murdered someone and got less time than drug dealers and people that's on drugs.
  • by SPEAKINGFREELY Location: pittco. on Sep 16, 2009 at 06:37 AM
    what is this?we can get drunk drive a car KILL someone and get less time and or reduce bond than getting caut with weed!
  • by roy e munson Location: gville on Sep 15, 2009 at 10:41 AM
    to all those in carla's defense..if you look up her long list criminal report, there is one word up there that should immediately drop your defense for this criminal..."MURDERER"
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