DA says Oklahoma parade deaths seem intentional - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

DA says Oklahoma parade deaths seem intentional

Posted: Updated:
A prosecutor says it appears that a woman accused of driving her car into a homecoming parade near Oklahoma State University did so "purposely." A prosecutor says it appears that a woman accused of driving her car into a homecoming parade near Oklahoma State University did so "purposely."
STILLWATER, Okla. -

 The latest on the fatal crash at the Oklahoma State homecoming parade (all times local):
    
3:35 p.m.
    
A prosecutor says it appears that a woman accused of driving her car into a homecoming parade near Oklahoma State University did so "purposely."
    
Payne County District Attorney Laura Thomas said Monday that the evidence suggests that the deaths of four people during Saturday's parade were "an intentional act." She says Adacia Chambers drove around a barricade and ran a red light before hitting parade-goers and that she would have been able to see the crowd from far away.
    
Chambers is being held on four preliminary counts of second-degree murder.
    
Special District Judge Katherine Thomas set Chambers' bond at $1 million and ordered her to undergo a psychological evaluation.
    
___
    
2:15 p.m.
    
Relatives of a motorist accused killing four people at Oklahoma State University's homecoming parade say they don't know what may have led to the crash.
    
The father, aunt and boyfriend of 25-year-old Adacia (uh-DAY-shuh) Chambers appeared outside the Payne County Courthouse on Monday shortly before Chambers' first appearance via video in court.
    
She's being held on $1 million bond on four preliminary counts of second-degree murder in Saturday's fatal crash.
    
Chambers' boyfriend, Jesse Gaylord, says nothing seemed unusual when Chambers left for work that morning. He says he never saw her take drugs and that they rarely drank alcohol. He also says Chambers is normally a careful driver who doesn't run yellow lights.
    
Gaylord and Chambers' relatives say they haven't been able to speak with her since the crash.
    
___
    
1:55 p.m.
    
A judge has an ordered a psychological evaluation for an Oklahoma woman accused of driving her car into Oklahoma State's homecoming parade, killing four people and injuring dozens of others.
    
Payne County Special District Judge Katherine Thomas also set bond at $1 million for Adacia (uh-DAY-shuh) Chambers, who is being held on four preliminary counts of second-degree murder as prosecutors consider formal charges.
    
Chambers appeared at Monday's hearing via video. The only time she spoke was to say "yes" when the judge asked if she could hear her.
    
Thomas said the hearing will resume Nov. 13 after prosecutors said they needed more time to interview the dozens of witnesses at the scene. Prosecutors also said one of the injured is in a "fragile" state, which could lead to more charges.
    
12:30 p.m.
    
A professor says one of the victims in Saturday's Oklahoma State parade crash was studying to become a financial analyst.
    
Twenty-three-year-old Nikita Nakal was struck by a car and killed as she attended the homecoming parade with friends. She was pursuing her master's of business administration at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.
    
One of her professors, Donna Carlon, says Nakal had received her bachelor's of commerce degree from the University of Mumbai in India, where she was from.
    
Carlon says Nakal "always had a smile on her face." She says the student wanted to be a financial analyst in the banking world and was "quite focused" on her goal.
    
___
    
10:10 a.m.
    
Authorities have identified the child killed in the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade crash as 2-year-old Nash Lucas, whose mother is a sophomore at the school.
    
Oklahoma medical examiner's office chief investigator Timothy Dwyer released Nash's name Monday. Stillwater police identified the three adult victims Sunday as 23-year-old Nikita Nakal and a married couple, Bonnie Jean Stone and Marvin Lyle Stone, who were both 65.
    
Dwyer says all four victims died of multiple blunt-force injuries.
    
Oklahoma State says Nash's mother, 20-year-old Nicolette Strauch, is majoring in chemical engineering and also works at the school's parking and transit department.
    
Police say Strauch was treated and released from the hospital for her injuries. An online fundraiser for her family had raised more than $35,000 by Monday morning.
    
This story has been changed to correct the spelling of Nikita Nakal's name. The Stillwater police had erroneously referred to her as Nakita.
    
___
    
8:15 a.m.
    
An attorney representing a 25-year-old woman says his client had "no real response whatsoever" when he told her that four people were killed after she crashed her car into an Oklahoma State homecoming parade.
    
Tony Coleman told NBC's "Today" show Monday that Adacia Chambers was hospitalized two years ago for an unspecified mental illness. He says he believes Chambers wasn't under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of Saturday's crash, but that she was mentally ill.
    
But Stillwater Police Capt. Kyle Gibbs said authorities believe Chambers was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Gibbs told ABC's "Good Morning America" Monday that authorities haven't seen signs of mental illness in Chambers, though she has made no statements to investigators so far.
    
Gibbs says 17 people remain hospitalized, including five in critical condition.
    
___
    
1 a.m.
    
The twenty-five-year old woman who authorities say drove a car into a crowd of people at an Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, killing four people and injuring dozens of others, is set to make her first court appearance.
    
Adacia Chambers is scheduled to appear Monday in Payne County District Court. Chambers was jailed over the weekend and faces a charge of driving under the influence and four counts of second-degree murder.
    
Tony Coleman, who is defending Chambers, said at a news conference Sunday that he believes his client suffers from a mental illness but doesn't think she was drinking before the crash.
    
Police are awaiting blood tests to determine if she was impaired by drugs or alcohol.
    
___

(Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Surgical team removes 4 pound brain tumor from man in Mumbai

    Surgical team removes 4 pound brain tumor from man in Mumbai

    Saturday, February 24 2018 4:53 PM EST2018-02-24 21:53:46 GMT
    NBC NewsNBC News
    NBC NewsNBC News

    MUMBAI - A surgical team in India successfully removed a massive brain tumor from a man Thursday, weighing over 4 pounds. It was a lengthy, nearly seven-hour procedure and doctors believe it could be the heaviest ever recorded.  The tumor, which protruded from the top of the man's skull, was so large that it seemed “like a head on top of another head,” Trimurti Nadkarni, head of the neurosurgery department at Nair Hospital, told the Indian Express.

    >>

    MUMBAI - A surgical team in India successfully removed a massive brain tumor from a man Thursday, weighing over 4 pounds. It was a lengthy, nearly seven-hour procedure and doctors believe it could be the heaviest ever recorded.  The tumor, which protruded from the top of the man's skull, was so large that it seemed “like a head on top of another head,” Trimurti Nadkarni, head of the neurosurgery department at Nair Hospital, told the Indian Express.

    >>
  • Woman prevents girl's kidnapping by pretending to be her mother

    Woman prevents girl's kidnapping by pretending to be her mother

    Saturday, February 24 2018 5:24 PM EST2018-02-24 22:24:02 GMT
    Santa Ana Police DepartmentSanta Ana Police Department
    Santa Ana Police DepartmentSanta Ana Police Department

    SANTA ANA, Calif. - A woman was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly tried to kidnap a 12-year-old girl who was on her way to school in Santa Ana, California. Police are crediting another woman with preventing it from happening.  KTLA reports that Amy Martinez was on her way to Lathrop Intermediate School when she was confronted by a woman who was described as homeless. "She just came up to me and went like this," Amy said, simulating a bear-hug.

    >>

    SANTA ANA, Calif. - A woman was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly tried to kidnap a 12-year-old girl who was on her way to school in Santa Ana, California. Police are crediting another woman with preventing it from happening.  KTLA reports that Amy Martinez was on her way to Lathrop Intermediate School when she was confronted by a woman who was described as homeless. "She just came up to me and went like this," Amy said, simulating a bear-hug.

    >>
  • Make-A-Wish grants local boy's wish

    Make-A-Wish grants local boy's wish

    Saturday, February 24 2018 8:27 PM EST2018-02-25 01:27:24 GMT

    Spokane, Wash. 14-year-old Jack Sleeth of Spokane has always had a passion for cars and trucks. He was only 4-years-old when he inherited his grandfather's 1968 Ford F-Series pick-up truck. Growing up Jack used the truck as a playhouse to feel closer to his grandfather when he passed, "this is my first one and I just always sit in it, I learned how to drive stick in it," said Jack telling us the history he has with the truck. Just over a year and a half ago, Jack suddenl

    >>

    Spokane, Wash. 14-year-old Jack Sleeth of Spokane has always had a passion for cars and trucks. He was only 4-years-old when he inherited his grandfather's 1968 Ford F-Series pick-up truck. Growing up Jack used the truck as a playhouse to feel closer to his grandfather when he passed, "this is my first one and I just always sit in it, I learned how to drive stick in it," said Jack telling us the history he has with the truck. Just over a year and a half ago, Jack suddenl

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Coast Guard rescues 68-year-old hiker after fall from Clallam County waterfall

    Coast Guard rescues 68-year-old hiker after fall from Clallam County waterfall

    Saturday, February 24 2018 11:51 PM EST2018-02-25 04:51:50 GMT

    SEATTLE, Wash. - A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 68-year-old hiker who suffered reportedly non-life threatening shoulder and back injuries after he fell from the Hoko Waterfall in Clallam County, Saturday. The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, from Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles, safely transported the hiker to the air station where he was transferred to waiting emergency medical service personnel, who 

    >>

    SEATTLE, Wash. - A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 68-year-old hiker who suffered reportedly non-life threatening shoulder and back injuries after he fell from the Hoko Waterfall in Clallam County, Saturday. The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, from Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles, safely transported the hiker to the air station where he was transferred to waiting emergency medical service personnel, who 

    >>
  • Team USA skier Gus Kenworthy rescues puppy from Korean dog meat farm

    Team USA skier Gus Kenworthy rescues puppy from Korean dog meat farm

    Saturday, February 24 2018 11:49 PM EST2018-02-25 04:49:26 GMT
    Courtesy @guskenworthyCourtesy @guskenworthy

    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - Team USA’s Gus Kenworthy is leaving the Winter Olympics with a new rescue pet, once again. In 2014, the freestyle skier went through the long process of bringing two puppies he found near Olympic Village in Sochi, Russia, back home to America.  In a lengthy Instagram post, Kenworthy announced Friday that he and his boyfriend, actor Matthew Wilkas, visited one of South Korea’s 17,000 dog meat 

    >>

    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - Team USA’s Gus Kenworthy is leaving the Winter Olympics with a new rescue pet, once again. In 2014, the freestyle skier went through the long process of bringing two puppies he found near Olympic Village in Sochi, Russia, back home to America.  In a lengthy Instagram post, Kenworthy announced Friday that he and his boyfriend, actor Matthew Wilkas, visited one of South Korea’s 17,000 dog meat 

    >>
  • World-famous evangelist Billy Graham's body travels 130 miles in procession to his hometown

    World-famous evangelist Billy Graham's body travels 130 miles in procession to his hometown

    Saturday, February 24 2018 10:54 PM EST2018-02-25 03:54:00 GMT

    ASHEVILLE, N.C.  (AP) - The Latest on the procession for the Rev. Billy Graham (all times local):  3:30 p.m. The body of the Rev. Billy Graham has reached the library bearing his name, ending a journey which took him down North Carolina roads filled with mourners paying their final respects.  The procession reached the Billy Graham Library literally four hours after it left the training center to head for Charlotte, where the evangelist was born. 

    >>

    ASHEVILLE, N.C.  (AP) - The Latest on the procession for the Rev. Billy Graham (all times local):  3:30 p.m. The body of the Rev. Billy Graham has reached the library bearing his name, ending a journey which took him down North Carolina roads filled with mourners paying their final respects.  The procession reached the Billy Graham Library literally four hours after it left the training center to head for Charlotte, where the evangelist was born. 

    >>