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November 12, 2013

Bond $500K in manslaughter case

Wagoner man accused of drunken driving in crash that killed 12-year-old boy

By Elizabeth Ridenour
Phoenix City Editor

— A Wagoner man told police he had been drinking the night he allegedly killed a 12-year-old boy, court documents state.

Richard Ray Roth, 34, was ordered held on $500,000 bond Tuesday for allegedly driving while intoxicated and hitting and killing Billy Jack Chuculate Lord.

Roth is expected to be charged with multiple felonies at 1 p.m. Monday in Wagoner County District Court, said Brian Kuester, district attorney.

Roth was arrested Friday night on complaints of first-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an injury accident following the collision at Ninth and Story streets.

According to court documents, police were called at approximately 10:25 p.m. Wagoner Police Officer Don Chambers stated in the document that Roth admitted he had been drinking and that he had consumed two beers.

“I also observed him to have slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet,” Chambers wrote.

Roth told Chambers that after he hit Lord, he got out to check on him, then went home to get his wife, who was a paramedic.

“I asked him why he didn’t call 911 and he stated that his phone was at home charging on the night stand in his bedroom,” Chambers wrote. “I asked if that was the same phone that was holstered on his hip and he stated yes.”

Roth refused to consent to blood being drawn, but he was taken to Wagoner Community Hospital to undergo the procedure.

The blood was drawn and was to be sent to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

Chambers said he also spoke with Billy’s brother, who was with Billy at the time of the crash.

Court documents say the boy “stated that it happened so fast and the guy driving stopped and came back and asked him why he ran out in front of him and then told him to stay there and the driver left the scene.”

The child also told Chambers that he could smell alcohol on Roth.

When Chambers arrived at the police department, he said he learned that a police dispatcher had spoken with Amy Roth “and she had stated that Richard had possibly taken one of her Adderalls and Flexirils as she believed she had some missing and he had taken them in the past.”

Funeral services for Billy will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Wagoner under the direction of Reed-Culver Funeral Home of Tahlequah.

Reach Elizabeth Ridenour at 684-2929 or eridenour@muskogeephoenix.com.