Judge denies gag order for suspect in fiery Fort Pierce crash

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Tanner Dashner, 21, is accused of killing five people in a fiery crash on{ } Black Friday. (St. Lucie Clerk|WPEC)

The suspect in the fiery crash that killed five people on Black Friday last year is due in court Wednesday.

However, the judge denied a a gag order requested by Dashner's lawyer.

John Phillips, the attorney representing the families affected in the crash, released this statement:

The courts have made it abundantly clear. The public has a right to know about threats to its safety and measures aimed at assuring its security. It also has a legitimate interest in the conduct of judicial proceedings, particularly in matters of general public concern. As we stated in our Response, Tanner Dashner’s request for a gag order was premature and inappropriate. Judge Sweet quickly agreed with our position and denied the motion.
My client, indeed, hired an outspoken advocate, but one dedicated to the pursuit of justice. Most of my comments were made during the 25 days it took to arrest him for quintuple DUI homicide. Five families suffered a tremendous loss on November 23 as a result of Tanner Dashner's poor decision-making. Nothing we do will erase the pain these families feel, but we will continue to fight for our client and do what we can to bring them some measure of justice.
We will continue to provide updates and continue to look for evidence as allowed under the First Amendment. If you have any evidence about the case, we can be reached at 772-444-4444 of

Investigators say 21-year-old Tanner Dashner was driving drunk -- three times the legal limit -- and going 97 mph when he smashed into an SUV.

Right now, Dashner is being held on $7.5 million bail.