Jury Seated In Trial Of Brothers Accused In Deadly Hit-And-Run Crash

Monday, September 18th 2017, 8:33 am

A jury was selected Monday for two brothers accused in what police say was a hit-and-run death. 

Dakota Shriver and Gage Shriver are accused of murder, leaving the scene of an accident and other charges. They're both charged in a 2015 hit-and-run wreck that left Noelle New dead and her friend Maranda Talley seriously hurt.

Court records show the brothers had been drinking beer and were fighting over the radio when their truck struck the two friends.

Before jury selection began, the judge denied Dakota's attorney motion to dismiss the case on the argument that the district court doesn't have jurisdiction. His attorney argued that Dakota is Native American, and the crime he's accused of happened on Native American land.

The judge also denied Dakota's motion to push back the case.

1/5/2017 Related Story: Trial Set For Two Rogers County Brothers Charged With Murder

Court records show the Shrivers' mother, Dorothea Butanda, now has a court date in November. She's accused of lying to investigators.

She was in court Monday as her sons' trial began. The Shriver brothers' trial was scheduled to start a week ago and it was passed

Opening statements are expected to begin Tuesday.