Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Three to Stand Trial for Conspiracy

Angela Gray, 41, of Muldrow, her son Joey, 19, and Kyle Brannon, 20, will stand trial for the alleged cover up of an ATV crash on Sept. 1, 2013, south of Muldrow that left Christian Mayberry with severe brain trauma.

A trial date will be set later for the three, who were bound over for trial at the conclusion of their preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

Gray 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 after a mistrial on previous charges.

At an earlier hearing, Assistant District Attorney Michael Ashworth asked Judge Larry Langley if Gray’s preliminary could be combined with the two other defendants in the case, Kyle Brannon and Joey Gray. Since all three face the same charge, the witnesses would only be asked to testify once in a combined preliminary hearing rather than three times in three preliminary hearings. Brannon and Gray allegedly helped clean up the area after the ATV crash.

Joey Gray and Brannon are also charged with conspiracy.

A dozen witnesses were called to testify, including Mayberry himself. In the trial last year, Mayberry said Gray was driving and Gray said Mayberry was driving. In the preliminary, other witnesses said they saw Gray driving and she appeared intoxicated. 

The judge ruled that the state had shown sufficient evidence and all three will go to trial.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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