Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Trial Dates Set in ATV Crash Case

Trial dates have been set in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw, for two Muldrow residents accused of leaving an injured teen, Christian Mayberry, 17 at the time, at the scene of an accident for a long period of time.

Angela Gray, 39, will go to a jury trial at 9 a.m. on Feb. 9. Gray is charged with failure to stop-accident resulting in non fatal injury, contributing to the delinquency of minors and selling or furnishing alcoholic beverage to a minor. She entered a not guilty plea to the charges on Sept. 3, and is free on bond. A second warrant for her arrest was issued earlier this month when  Gray did not appear for a hearing, but a spokesman for her attorney, Gary Buckles of Poteau, said he was unaware of the hearing. Gray appeared for the hearing the following day, and the arrest warrant was dropped. A motion hearing is scheduled for Jan. 21. Buckles has filed for a change of venue for Gray's case due to the large amount of media coverage the case has received.

Kyle Lewis Brannon, 19, is charged with being an accessory after the fact. According to investigators reports, Brannon helped clean up the scene of the ATV crash by removing beer cans. The crash occurred Sept. 1, 2013, south of Muldrow. Brannon also pleaded not guilty. A motions hearing in his case is also set for Jan. 26, and his jury trial is scheduled to begin April 2.

According to investigators reports, Gray and Mayberry were riding an ATV on the evening of Sept. 1, 2013 when they crashed. Mayberry suffered traumatic brain injury, and was left lying alongside the road while Gray called friends and left the scene. Brannon was allegedly at the scene and helped, with another teenager, collect beer cans and remove them from the scene. It is suspected that Mayberry laid several hours before help arrived. He is now at a rehabilitation facility in Florida with his parents. They report he is slowly recovering. The Mayberrys have filed a civil case in district court against Gray, and accuse her of driving the ATV in the crash which injured their son. By Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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