Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Christian Mayberry To Speak in Court on Thursday

Christian Mayberry

The day that the Mayberry family of Muldrow has both looked forward to and dreaded finally arrives tomorrow. 

Christian Mayberry, his mother, Kim Mayberry and his grandmother Jonell Van Fleet will each be given the opportunity to stand and read a Victim Impact Statement at Angela Gray's Dec. 20 sentencing hearing. 

A victim impact statement is a written or oral statement presented to the court at the time of sentencing of a defendant. It typically contains a victim's description of how they have been affected physically, emotionally, and/or financially by the crime committed by the defendant. It's intended to give victims of crime a voice in the criminal justice system.

This will be the first time since the ATV accident that occurred in 2013 that the Mayberry's have addressed Gray in court. 

"It has been a very long five plus years and we are looking forward to finally getting this behind us," stated Kim Mayberry.

Christian is also ready to have his day, and his say, in court. The hearing will be begin at 10 a.m. in the Sequoyah County Courthouse and is an open hearing. 

"It would be wonderful if Christian's friends and supporters in the community showed up for him. He would absolutely draw strength from their presence," added Kim. 

Gray, also of Muldrow, is accused of participating in the ATV crash on Sept. 1, 2013, south of Muldrow, which left Christian Mayberry, 16 at the time, with severe brain trauma. Gray, along with two males who were juveniles at the time of the accident, one of whom is her son, were accused of covering up the crash while Mayberry lay nearby without medical help.

On Dec. 10, in Sequoyah County District Court, Gray entered a no-contest plea for Count 1, which was the conspiracy charge, before District Judge Jeff Payton. Counts 2 and 3 -- child endangerment by driving under the influence and selling or furnishing alcoholic beverage to a minor, respectively, – were dismissed by the state as part of the plea deal, according to Michelle Keely, assistant district attorney with the District Attorney Jack Thorp’s District 27 office.

KXMX News Staff

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