Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler awarded 15 individuals amounts between $2,500 and $16,679.
Adacia Chambers’ car insurance provider at the time she drove into a crowd during the 2015 Oklahoma State University homecoming parade is requesting a judge distribute her policy’s settlement funds of $100,000 to more than 50 victims.
Adacia Chambers received a life sentence for each murder count, to run concurrently, plus 10 years for the assaults on the victims who survived.
Adacia Avery Chambers, 26, is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday morning for a jury trial; but without naming sources, The Oklahoman and other media outlets reported Thursday evening that she likely will take a plea deal that day.
Leo and Sharon Schmitz of Skiatook filed separate personal-injury lawsuits Monday in Payne County District Court.
During the school's Sea of Orange Homecoming parade Saturday morning, Stillwater first-responders will serve as grand marshals this year.
Therapy dogs offer support to parade crash survivors on the OSU campuses.
Last year obviously "put a dark cloud over everything," said Sara Wyatt, whose daughter recovered from her injuries sustained in the crash. But she and her family will attend this year's parade to meet first responders and to support other survivors.
Adacia Chambers, 26, appeared in court Wednesday afternoon for a brief status hearing ahead of her scheduled Jan. 10 trial.
Adacia Chambers was driving 54 mph five seconds before her car hit a motorcycle on the parade route, and a National Transportation Safety Board report says she had sufficient time and distance to correct but was going 59 mph at impact.
Adacia Chambers' attorney, Tony Coleman, also told the court the psychologist needed more time to interview people in support of his findings. Chambers will have to re-appear in court in two weeks to ensure prosecutors receive a copy of the report ordered to be submitted by her defense.
The jury trial is scheduled for Jan. 10.
Chambers faces four counts of second-degree murder and 42 counts of assault and battery with means likely to produce death. She is set to appear in court Oct. 5 for a pretrial hearing.
Payne County District Attorney Laura Austin Thomas said at a hearing Tuesday that the state would like to have its own witness examine Chambers if Coleman intends to call Dr. Shawn Roberson, the psychologist who met with Adacia Chambers soon after her arrest, to the witness stand.
A judge ruled that Adacia Chambers is legally indigent and qualified to have an expert witness at the state's expense, overruling objections from prosecutors who challenged her and her family's claims they can no longer pay her legal fees.
A hearing for Adacia Chambers, charged in the fatal crash during Oklahoma State University’s homecoming parade in October, was continued until next month after attorneys sparred behind closed doors over whether she is indigent, which would mean the state pays for the defense expert witness.
“When you feel sorry for yourselves,” defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer told the players, “think of this man.”
Payne County District Attorney Laura Austin Thomas said in court Tuesday that more victims of the Oct. 24 crash have been discovered.
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Judge Louis A. Duel scheduled a preliminary hearing for 25-year-old Adacia Chambers on April 7.
Officials are collecting and preserving some of the items people have left at the scene of the OSU homecoming parade crash in Stillwater.
A blood test determined Adacia Chambers BAC after the crash was 0.01, her defense attorney said in a brief supporting his request for the court to allocate funds so Chambers can afford an expert witness in psychology and accident reconstruction.
Adacia Chambers' defense attorney called the gag order overbroad and unnecessary, saying "The media hype and publicity surrounding this case is typical of any tragedy, resulting from criminal conduct or not."
Adacia Chambers was in Payne County court Monday afternoon, and she will be transported to Oklahoma Forensic Center in Vinita for evaluation.