MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

July 4, 2013

Man charged in son’s death set for trial

Tulsa man suspected of drunken driving in fatal crash

By Travis Sloat
Phoenix Staff Writer

— A Tulsa man charged with an alleged drunken driving crash in Fort Gibson that killed his young son was bound over Wednesday for trial.

Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Moore asked that the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s report be entered into evidence in the case of Cody H. Welch, 33. Welch is charged with second-degree murder and an alternative charge of first-degree manslaughter.

The ME’s report showed that Jackson C. Welch, 6, died from multiple blunt force injuries.

According to the police report, Jackson Welch was a passenger in a 2004 Ford F150 pickup driven by Cody Welch at approximately 4:10 a.m. March 9. According to officer testimony, Welch told officers at the scene he had been driving “45 to 50 miles per hour” when he overcorrected and rolled the pickup multiple times.

Oklahoma Department of Public Safety employee Terry Jones testified in May that Welch’s driver’s license status was under cancellation and suspension for more than two years at the time of the March 9 crash.

Court documents state Welch’s alleged state of inebriation at the time of the crash would constitute his third DUI, which would be a felony and allows for the alternate charge of second-degree murder.

Welch remains jailed at the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility on $200,000 bond.

Special District Judge Robin Adair bound Welch over for trial, with the arraignment date being set for 1:30 p.m. July 25.

Moore said if Welch is put on a jury docket, the first available docket would be Oct. 21 through Nov. 8.

Reach Travis Sloat at (918) 684-2908 or tsloat@muskogeephoenix.com.