A Carter County jury returned a guilty verdict Wednesday afternoon against a Fox man charged in the July, 2013, run over death of a Ratliff City woman.
Charles Jackson faced a first-degree manslaughter charge that accused him of running over Carol Coker as she walked on the shoulder of state Highway 76 about a mile south of Ratliff City. The jury not only convicted Jackson, but recommended the 56-year-old man serve a 25 year prison sentence. Associate District Judge Lee Card, who presided over the case, followed the jury’s recommendation sentencing Jackson immediately following his trial.
District Attorney Craig Ladd, who prosecuted the case, praised the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for the investigation that led to charges being filed in March. Ladd also commended the other witnesses who took the stand during the trial.
“Also, I appreciate the service of the jury. Hopefully, today’s result will offer some degree of comfort to Carol Coker’s family,” the DA said, adding Jackson will be required to served 85 percent of the quarter century sentence before being eligible for parole consideration.
OHP’s investigation showed Jackson was under the influence of prescription medication and impaired on July 17, 2013, when he was driving northbound on the highway. He veered off the road and onto the shoulder where he struck and killed Coker. At the time the charge was filed, Capt. Ronnie Hampton, commander OHP Troop F, headquartered in Ardmore, said Jackson tried to flee the scene but was stopped by eye witnesses.
Wednesday’s conviction was not the first for Jackson, who was convicted in 2000 on two counts of first-degree manslaughter. Jackson was arrested in 1999 after he hit and killed two Oklahoma County residents in a similar driving under the influence case. He was paroled from prison in 2004.
Jackson, who had been free on a $50,000 bond, was remanded to the custody of the sheriff Wednesday afternoon and is detained in the county jail pending his transfer to a state prison.