A 56-year-old Fox man has been arrested on a first-degree manslaughter charge in connection with the July 17, 2013, death of Carol Coker while she walked on the shoulder of state Highway 76 about a mile south of Ratliff City.
The charge against Charles Jackson was filed Monday by First Assistant District Attorney Heather Cooper, and a warrant for his arrest was issued. He was located and taken into custody early Wednesday by Carter County sheriff’s deputies and booked into the Carter County Detention Center. The charge is based on an investigation conducted by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Wednesday afternoon, Capt. Ronnie Hampton, commander OHP Troop F, Ardmore, said evidence showed Jackson had been driving northbound on the highway and veered off the road and onto the shoulder where he struck and killed Coker.
“He attempted to flee the scene, but was stopped by eyewitnesses. A short time later, an OHP trooper and Carter County sheriff’s deputies arrived. During the investigation it was determined that Jackson was operating under the influence of prescription medication and impaired,” Hampton said. “We appreciate the Coker family’s patience as we investigated this tragic death. Cases involving drug-impaired drivers require extensive investigative work.”
Subsequently, troopers presented the completed investigation to Cooper, who, in turn, filed the first-degree manslaughter charge against Jackson. Cooper is also seeking after-former-conviction penalty enhancement in the case. Jackson was convicted on two counts of first-degree manslaughter in the driving-under-the-influence deaths of two Oklahoma County residents in 1999. He was convicted in 2000 and sentenced to a state prison. Jackson was paroled in 2004.
Bond on Jackson’s arrest warrant was set at $50,000. By mid-afternoon Wednesday, the Fox resident had posted bond and was released. He is expected to make an initial appearance in district court today.