Monday, April 18, 2016

Gray Preliminary Hearing Set to Start on Tuesday

The preliminary hearing for a Muldrow woman, accused of leaving the scene of an ATV crash that left a teenager with a severe brain injury, is set to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Sequoyah County District Court in Sallisaw.

Angela Gray, 41, is charged with conspiracy, child endangerment by driving under the influence, and selling or furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor, all felonies. The charges were filed Aug. 31 by the Sequoyah County District Attorney’s office in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw, after a mistrial on previous charges.

According to the new set of charges, Gray is accused of "conspiring. . .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."

Gray is accused of allegedly covering up the ATV crash on Sept. 1, 2013, south of Muldrow that left Christian Mayberry, with severe brain trauma. Mayberry has been undergoing rehabilitation ever since.

In a jury trial in July, in which Gray faced a charge of failure to stop at an accident resulting in non-fatal injury, the jury deadlocked on that charge and a mistrial was declared. Jurors told District Judge Jeff Payton that, based on the testimony, they could not decide who was driving the ATV at the time of the crash. Gray testified Mayberry was driving and Mayberry testified Gray was driving.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Ashworth, who tried that case, said he would retry the case. At that same trial Angela Gray was found not guilty of contributing to the delinquency of minors. 

Angela Gray also faces a civil suit, filed by the Mayberrys, in district court.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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