Michael Lloyd King, 41, of Ardmore was charged Thursday afternoon in Carter County District Court with second-degree murder one day after he was picked up on a warrant. The charge stems from a vehicle accident on Oct. 29, 2013, in which Jason Dale Cooke, 25, of Wilson suffered fatal injuries when a 2000 Toyota Solara driven by King struck his motorcycle. A blood test indicated King was under the influence at the time of the accident. His bond was set at $50,000, and a conference was scheduled for 9 a.m. June 17. As of Thursday afternoon, King remained in the Carter County Detention Center.
The two-vehicle accident took place on state Highway 70 east of Wilson. King was traveling in the east lane and drove over the median and struck Cooke head-on. Cooke was transported to Mercy Hospital Ardmore and passed away from injuries suffered in the accident. King was ejected from his Toyota and transported by MediFlight to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, where he was admitted with internal injuries.
Wilson Police Chief Felix Hernandez said a request was made of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for a blood test of King at OU Medical Center to determine if there was alcohol and drugs in his system. The results of the test indicated a blood alcohol level of .18, well over the .08 required for a DUI. Results also indicated there were drugs in King’s system.
“We submitted the case to the district attorney this week, and a warrant was issued Wednesday,” Hernandez said. “Capt. Richard Parsley accompanied the sheriff’s department to King’s residence in Ardmore and served the warrant.
“I want to thank the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the sheriff’s department for assisting us in the investigation, as well as the district attorney’s office.”