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Norman man faces manslaughter charge in June wreck

A 30-year-old man from Norman remains locked up in the Pittsburg County Jail in McAlester after being arrested for first-degree manslaughter related to a fatal collision back in June. His bond is set at $100,000. However, authorities in McClain County placed a hold against him, as this week a judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest. The felony warrant stems from an alleged "false declaration of ownership in pawn," court records indicate.

The District 18 District Attorney filed an amended bill of information in the accident case. The man stands accused of causing an accident by driving his 2014 Chevrolet pickup into a 2008 Chevy pickup on June 18 while he was allegedly under the influence of an intoxicating substance.

The collision happened around noon as the driver was headed east on U.S. Highway 270 near its intersection with White Chimney Road. He reportedly swerved across the center line, which caused him to hit the westbound truck head-on, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

A 48-year-old passenger in the older model Chevy died at the accident scene. The victim's husband and teenage daughter were also injured and taken to McAlester Regional Health Center. The two suffered multiple injuries that left them in stable condition.

According to court documents, a conviction on a charge of first-degree manslaughter has a prison sentence of no less than four years.

The defendant is also facing misdemeanor charges of failing to maintain insurance and security verification.

A manslaughter charge must always be taken seriously and the criminal defense must begin early. Evidentiary challenges may need to be mounted and witness testimonies carefully scrutinized for any discrepancies if defendants want to improve their chances for acquittal.

Source: The Norman Transcript, "Norman man booked on manslaughter charge in fatality," James Beaty, Dec. 13, 2017

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