A woman charged with killing four people and injuring dozens of others after crashing her car into spectators at Oklahoma State University's homecoming parade has waived her right to a preliminary hearing.
Adacia Chambers will go on trial for second-degree murder and more than 40 counts of assault and battery in the October 24 crash that prosecutors say was intentional. The counts each carry the possibility of a sentence of life in prison.
Payne County court records show Chambers was advised of her rights Tuesday, then waived her right to a preliminary hearing, which determines whether there is sufficient evidence that a crime occurred and probable cause the defendant committed it.
District Attorney Laura Austin Thomas told The Oklahoman’s Kyle Schwab that waiving a preliminary hearing is not unusual.
“The defendant has received a large amount of discovery in this case and will continue to receive everything the state receives. The evidence against this defendant is very strong and compelling.”
Chambers' defense attorney Tony Coleman has said she is mentally ill. Schwab writes Chambers told police she was suicidal at the time of the crash.
“Chambers… has a history of suicide attempts, according to a court affidavit. She said she had been treated in the past for mental health issues, police reported.
Chambers' competency to face trial was later brought into question because of the reports of mental illness. In December, a judge ruled that she is competent to face trial and can assist in her defense.”
Her next court appearance is scheduled for May 4.
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