Hearing Delayed For Tulsan Charged In Grand Lake Boat Crash Deaths


Thursday, November 14th 2013, 11:15 am
By: News On 6


A hearing has been delayed for a University of Arkansas student charged with two counts of first-degree manslaughter in a boat wreck in northeast Oklahoma in September.

John DeSelms of Tulsa was due in court this week in Delaware County but a delay was granted at the request of his attorney. The 22-year-old was charged with first-degree manslaughter in the May deaths of William Varner III of Texarkana and Rachel Swetnam of Grove.

Prosecutors allege DeSelms was operating a boat under the influence of alcohol when it crashed into a houseboat docked on Grand Lake.

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Court records show DeSelms' arraignment is now set for December 13. He has not yet entered a plea in the case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.