Thursday, September 10, 2015

Attorneys Plan Motions in ATV Crash Case

A tentative preliminary hearing date was set for Angela Gray, 40, of Muldrow Thursday in Sequoyah County District Court in Sallisaw. The hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 20. Gray was charged Aug. 31 with conspiracy, child endangerment by driving under the influence, and selling or furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor, all felonies.

Gray did not enter a plea to the new charge. Her attorney, Gary Buckles of Poteau, said, "We stood mute because we are going to file motions." He did not say what motions will be filed. Assistant District Attorney Michael Ashworth said he has not received any motion filings as of Thursday.

Gray, her son Joey, 19, and a young friend, Kyle L. Brannon, 20, of Muldrow are all accused of covering up the ATV crash on Sept. 1, 2013, south of Muldrow that left another young man, Christian Mayberry, with severe brain trauma. Mayberry has been undergoing rehabilitation ever since. According to the charges, Gray is accused of "conspiring and agreeing with Kyle Brannon and Joey Gray to commit the crime of child endangerment, or in the alternative leaving the scene of accident, by agreeing to alter the truth of the accident and create a story to exonerate Angela Gray from any criminal wrong doing or exposure by altering the scene of the accident and cleaning up the beers, removing an ice chest of beer from the ATV,  moving the location of Christian Mayberry at the scene and moving the ATV from the scene prior to law enforcement's arrival to investigate the scene of the accident."

Joey Gray and Brannon are also charged with conspiracy and were arraigned Thursday. Brannon is represented by Sallisaw attorney Steven Ramm and Joey Gray is also represented by Buckles. Both Buckles and Ramm said their clients stood mute, and did not enter pleas because they will be filing motions in the case. All were released on personal recognizance bonds. 

Angela Gray's trial on a charge of failure to stop at an accident resulting in a non-fatal injury, in regard to the same case, ended in a mistrial last month after the jury deadlocked.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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