An Oklahoma City woman charged in connection with the 2017 death of a man who was riding an adult-sized tricycle in Moore is expected to enter a blind plea this week.
On Wednesday, Tessa Celeste Morgan, 38, is set to appear before Judge Thad Balkman to make a blind plea. A blind plea occurs when a person charged has not agreed upon a bargain agreement with the state but they still wish to enter a plea of guilty and allow the judge to determine their sentence.
Oklahoma court records reveal Morgan waived her right to a jury trial in September.
Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn filed charges of first-degree manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in injury/death, both felonies, against Morgan in August 2017 after she allegedly hit and killed Charles Shatswell while he was riding a tricycle on SW 19th Street in Moore just after midnight, according to a Moore police affidavit.
Police said Morgan then left the scene. She turned herself into police later that day, the affidavit read.
Oklahoma court records show that Morgan has a previous criminal record including multiple drug-related convictions, according to court records.
• Jan. 15: A Lexington man facing multiple felonies is set to appear in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.
In September, Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn charged 30-year-old Randy Allan Ferrell with robbery by force or fear after a previous felony conviction, assault and battery with a deadly weapon and kidnapping.
He is set to appear before Judge Lori Puckett.
Oklahoma court records show Ferrell is being held on $150,000 bail.
• Jan. 18: A Blanchard man charged in a 2017 DUI fatality collision is set to appear in Cleveland County District Court Friday to enter a blind plea.
Dalton Ray Grooms, 27, is scheduled to appear before Judge Jeff Virgin.
Grooms is charged in connection with the first-degree manslaughter of Wilma Kilgore, of Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma court records show Grooms is free on the $30,000 bond he posted in May.