Judge orders psychological tests for woman in parade crash

26 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

A look at those killed in Oklahoma homecoming parade crash.

A judge ordered a psychological evaluation Monday for an Oklahoma woman accused of driving her car into Oklahoma State’s homecoming parade, killing four people and injuring dozens of others. STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Those killed in Saturday’s deadly crash during Oklahoma State University’s homecoming parade include a husband and wife with long ties to the university, the 2-year-old son of an OSU student, and a student from India who was working on her master’s degree at a university in Edmond. Payne County Special District Judge Katherine Thomas also set bond at $1 million for Adacia Chambers, who is being held on four preliminary counts of second-degree murder as prosecutors consider formal charges. Adacia Avery Chambers, 25, allegedly drove a gray Hyundai Elantra into a crowd watching Saturday’s parade in Stillwater, about 65 miles (105 km) northeast of Oklahoma City. Prosecutors asked for more time to interview the dozens of witnesses who were at the scene and said one of the injured is in a “fragile” state, which could lead to more charges.

In Oklahoma, second-degree murder charges are warranted when someone acts in a way that’s “imminently dangerous to another person” but does so without premeditation. Call me cynical, but it is an interesting first comment from a defense attorney, one that suggests that he’s setting up a she-couldn’t-help-herself defense. Attorney Tony Coleman said he interviewed Chambers for about an hour Saturday night and “her behavior wasn’t consistent with drunken stupor … I was not satisfied that I was communicating with a competent individual.” “She doesn’t remember a whole lot about what happened,” attorney Tony Coleman told reporters. “There was a period where I think … she could have even blacked out,” he said. “I don’t believe right now that she was intoxicated,” Coleman told The Oklahoman. “I have deep concerns about her competency at this point. Nikita Nakal, a 23-year-old student from Mumbai, India, was getting an MBA at the University of Central Oklahoma and was at the homecoming parade with some friends.

Chambers, 25, of Stillwater, has yet to be formally charged — an additional step that requires prosecutors to file documents in Payne County District Court. He said he believes she is mentally ill and said she was hospitalized two years ago for an undisclosed mental illness. “Their thoughts and their prayers seem to be more-so focused on the victims and the family members of the victims of this horrible incident, and that’s something that they wanted to make sure was communicated over and over again,” Coleman said. Strauch works in the university’s parking and transit department, where her colleagues set up a GoFundMe account to help raise money to pay for her medical bills and her son’s funeral services.

He said Chambers was at work before the crash and that she does not remember much of what happened, only that she felt confused as she was removed from the car. In a statement on Sunday, police identified the three adults who were killed as Nakita Prabhakar, 23, of Edmond, Oklahoma; Bonnie Jean Stone, 65; and Marvin Lyle Stone, 65, both of Stillwater.

He retired in 2006 and founded the Marvin and Bonnie Stone Endowed Scholarship Fund with his wife the following year. (Additional reporting by Laila Kearney in New York and Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Writing by Frank McGurty; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and Christian Plumb)

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