Adacia Chambers, suspect accused of running her car into the crowd at the Oklahoma State homecoming parade, was arraigned this afternoon. Bond has been set at $1 million.
Chambers is being held at the Payne County Jail for driving under the influence and four counts of second-degree murder.
Her attorney Tony Coleman said in a press conference yesterday he is certified in DUI detection and does not believe she was intoxicated at the time of the accident.
“I know, I know that, without a doubt, for someone to have been intoxicated to a point where their ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired such that they could do what Miss Chambers did yesterday, at least a smell of alcohol would still be present some hours later,” Coleman said.
Coleman continued saying, “Although it was hours when I actually made it to Miss Chambers, there didn’t appear to be the smell of alcohol coming from her body.”
The judge is allowing Chambers to undergo a psychiatric evaluation at the request of Coleman.
Coleman also said Chambers’ family has a history of mental illness and her actions were consistent with a person suffering from mental illness and allegedly suffers from diabetes.
Chambers’ family claims she was not known to drink or do drugs and did not when they were with her Friday, Oct. 23, the day before the accident.
Police believe Chambers was under the influence of drugs and are awaiting toxicology reports.
According to District Attorney Laura Thomas, Chambers is a “flight risk” and allegedly drove into the crowd intentionally.
A fifth victim is currently in the hospital and may not survive the injuries inflicted. Thomas said she will pursue a fifth second-degree murder charge if the victim dies. The identity of the victim has not been released.
Thomas has asked for two weeks before all charges are formally filed due to the complexity of the case and amount of evidence being reviewed.
Chambers was in band and was an honor roll student when she attended Oologah-Talala High School.
Her next court date is set for Nov. 13 at 1:30 p.m.