Suspect In Double-Fatality Stillwater Wreck Commits Suicide

Wednesday, June 24th 2015, 4:18 pm
By: Richard Clark

A man charged with manslaughter in the death of a Pawnee woman and her 5-year-old daughter last fall committed suicide, according to Glenpool Police.

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol collision report stated James Goblet, 24, had been drinking when his pickup crossed the center line on October 24, 2014 and crashed head-on into another vehicle.

The crash on Highway 51 just east of Stillwater killed McKala Miner, 29, of Pawnee and her 5-year-old daughter.

Miner's family said Miner, her daughter and a friend were on their way home after attending the Walkaround event related to Oklahoma State University's homecoming when the crash happened.

10/14/2014: Related Story: OHP: Pawnee Mother, 5-Year-old Daughter Killed In DUI Wreck

Prosecutors charged Goblet with two counts of first-degree manslaughter and two counts of causing an injury crash while under the influence.

On Tuesday, June 23, 2015, Goblet's attorney filed a motion in Payne County court to dismiss the charges, saying her client was deceased. The judge ruled in favor of the motion.

According to the Oklahoma State University athletics web site, Goblet was a wrestler for OSU in the 2009-2010 school year.

He attended Schoharie High School in Schoharie, New York.

McKala Miner's parents, Dan and Tonda Miner, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Goblet in November, 2014. That suit seeks more than $75,000 in punitive damages and is still pending.