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Man charged in students’ demise ordered to stand trial

An Oklahoma man has been ordered to stand trial on homicide prices in the deaths of three individuals of a excessive college rank-nation team and injuring of 5 others in suburban Oklahoma Metropolis

July 25, 2020, 7: 14 PM

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NORMAN, Okla. —
An Oklahoma man has been ordered to stand trial on homicide prices in the deaths of three individuals of a excessive college rank-nation team in suburban Oklahoma Metropolis.

After bigger than seven hours of testimony Friday, a Cleveland County District Court docket settle figured out that there become as soon as ample proof for prosecutors to strive Max Leroy Townsend, of Tuttle on three counts of 2d-level homicide and prices of leaving the scene of an accident.

Townsend, 57, is charged in a February break in Moore that killed Yuridia Martinez, 16, Rachel Freeman, 17, and Kolby Crum, 18. It moreover injured 5 of their team individuals.

Police verbalize Townsend become as soon as utilizing virtually 80 mph (129 kph) in a 25 mph (40 kph) zone, crossed two lanes of traffic, veered onto a sidewalk and crashed into the runners originate air of Moore Excessive College.

The day earlier than the break, Townsend’s 29-one year-veteran son become as soon as killed in a multi-vehicle accident in Moore.

Townsend pleaded not guilty to the prices, as defense attorney Kevin Butler said he hopes jurors selected for the trial will beget an originate suggestions.

“Mr. Townsend has pled not guilty on legend of he will not be guilty,” Butler said. “That is a inferior tragic accident, all of us on this facet of the table, our hearts exit to the total households, the hottest ones, these students, and it’s correct a inferior thing.”

Court docket records live not repeat that a trial date has been space.

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