USA

Jury selection to begin for Oklahoma man in students' deaths

Jury selection is set to begin in the case of an Oklahoma man charged with murder for crashing his pickup truck into a group of high school cross country runners, killing three and injuring five

NORMAN, Okla. -- The second-degree murder trial of an Oklahoma man accused of crashing his pickup truck into a group of high school cross country runners, killing three and injuring five, is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said jury selection will start in the trial of 58-year-old Max Leroy Townsend. Townsend, of Tuttle, is facing three counts of second-degree murder and multiple counts of fleeing the scene of an accident. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.

The February 2020 crash in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore killed 16-year-old Yuridia Martinez, 17-year-old Rachel Freeman and 18-year-old Kolby Crum.

Townsend has pleaded not guilty, and his attorney, Kevin Butler, has said he hopes jurors selected for the trial will keep an open mind.

Police say Townsend was driving nearly 80 mph (129 kph) in a 25 mph (40 kph) zone, crossed two lanes of traffic, veered onto a sidewalk and crashed into the runners outside of Moore High School.

The day before the crash, Townsend’s 29-year-old son was killed in a multi-vehicle accident in Moore.

Top Stories

ABC News Live

ABC News Live

24/7 coverage of breaking news and live events

Football news:

Fati started working with the ball. The Barca winger has not played since November due to a knee injury
De Jong has a calf muscle sprain. Barca midfielder will miss part of the pre-season
Back in November, De Bruyne told Guardiola that City should buy Grealish
Liverpool wants to get 12.75 million pounds for Shaqiri
Grealish to City for 100 million is the most expensive transfer in the history of the Premier League. With Pep, the club spent a billion euros
Grealish has already signed a contract with Man City and talked to Guardiola
VAR reforms in the Premier League: offside lines will make it thicker, they will not assign penalties for small contact (as with Sterling against Denmark)