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September 5, 2013

Warner woman guilty of negligent homicide

Glenna Lewis convicted in deaths of two in collision with motorcycle

A Warner woman was found guilty in Muskogee County court Wednesday in a motorcycle wreck that killed an Arkansas couple.

Glenna Lewis of Warner was found guilty on two counts of negligent homicide by District Special Judge Robin Adair.

Adair’s ruling comes after non-jury trial in late June in the July 19, 2011, deaths of Charles Taylor, 45, and Monette Taylor, 43, of Arkansas. The wreck happened near Warner.

“After review of the testimony in the mater I am entering a formal finding of guilty as charged,” wrote Adair in a letter filed and sent to both parties’ attorneys Wednesday afternoon.

The ruling was delayed once in August because the judge said he did not have the paperwork he needed. He was scheduled to deliver the ruling today, but instead sent the verdict out Wednesday.

Adair could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Lewis’ attorney Lowell G. Howe said this case was “brutal on everyone involved.”

“This event has not only dramatically impacted the people who passed in this accident, but I believe it’s also scarred Ms. Lewis,” Howe said. “As a result of that accident, no one will ever be the same.”

It has not been determined whether an appeal will be filed, Howe added.

“What I would say is that we feel that this case was an accident,” he said. “Accidents happen and the evidence presented in this case is that this was an unavoidable accident.”

Negligent homicide is a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine per count. Anyone convicted of negligent homicide in Oklahoma will also have his or her license revoked, according to state law.

A formal sentencing hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in the judge’s courtroom.

Reach Thad Ayers at (918) 684-2903 or tayers @muskogeephoenix.com.

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