Fifth Fatality Feared In OSU Homecoming Crash
STILLWATER, Oklahoma - Bond has been set for $1 million for the woman accused of crashing her car into a crowd of people at the OSU Homecoming parade. Adacia Chambers made her first court appearance in a video arraignment Monday.
She's being held at the Payne County Jail, facing four complaints of second-degree murder at this time. The punishment is from 10 years to life for each count.
She's also being held for driving under the influence.
Stating Chambers is "huge" flight risk, District Attorney Laura Thomas requested the $1 million bond. Prosecutors said there is evidence Chambers drove into the crowd deliberately.
On Monday, the prosecuting attorney asked for two weeks to file formal charges, citing the complexity of the case and amount of evidence that must be compiled and reviewed. The main reason is that a fifth victim is in a very fragile state, according to the prosecuting attorney.
They worry the person might not survive their injuries.
The judge granted a motion to allow Chambers to have a psychiatric eval which will not be a competency evaluation. Defense attorney Tony Coleman requested the court allow Dr. Shawn Robertson with the Oklahoma Board of Mental Health to conduct the test.
Coleman asked the judge to set a $250,000 bond but said her family wouldn't have been able to post even that amount.
Stillwater police say Chambers drove her car into a crowd at OSU's Homecoming Parade Saturday morning. Three victims died at the scene, then later in the day, a 2-year-old boy also died from his injuries.
Forty-seven others were hurt - several of them critically. The crash caused a chaotic scene with strangers stepping in to help and at one point eight medical helicopters landing in the heart of Stillwater to fly victims to hospitals in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
There are suspicions Chambers was under the influence of drugs, not alcohol. Blood samples have been sent to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
In an affidavit of probable cause, Stillwater police said Chambers admitted to having a history of suicide attempts and said she was suicidal at the time of the incident but not when being booked into jail.
Chambers' father said his daughter spent a few weeks at a mental facility in Wagoner four years ago but that she seemed fine since. He also said she doesn't use drugs or drink.
After the hearing, we're told her father met with Chambers for the first time since the crash.
Chambers' next court date was set for 1:30 p.m. November 13, 2015.