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Aaron Pickett

A local man scheduled to begin trial Wednesday entered a blind plea for the 2017 death of a Stuart woman following a two-vehicle accident.

Aaron G. Pickett, 30, of Norman, made the plea Wednesday to a first-degree manslaughter charge accusing him of causing the death of Christina Brown when a 2014 Chevrolet truck he drove crossed the center line on June 18, 2017, on U.S. Highway 270 near White Chimney Road in the Arpelar area west of McAlester and struck a 2008 Chevrolet driven by Brown’s husband, Shannon Brown.

Both Shannon Brown and the couple’s daughter, 16-year-old Ashley Brown, were injured in the collision.

A blind plea occurs when a person charged has not agreed upon a bargain agreement with the state, but they still wish to enter a plea of guilty and allow the judge to determine their sentence.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, a witness who was driving directly behind Pickett observed him driving erratically before the collision, according to the affidavit.

Pickett told the witness he fell asleep prior to the collision, according to the OHP trooper’s affidavit.

“Blood was obtained from Pickett and the results indicated a positive result for methamphetamine,” a trooper states in the affidavit. “Drug Recognition Expert Jared Sharp performed a DRE reconstruction of the collision and determined Pickett to have been under the influence of a CDS stimulant (methamphetamine) at the time of the collision,” the affidavit alleges.

“At the time of the collision, Pickett had a restriction from a previous DUI offense requiring an ignition interlock device,” the affidavit states. “There was no ignition interlock device on the vehicle Pickett was driving.”

The trooper also noted there was no insurance on Pickett’s truck at the time of the collision.

Prior to the scheduled trial, the defense for Pickett made a motion to prevent the jury from hearing testimony about Pickett allegedly being under the influence of methamphetamine claiming there was no evidence that Pickett was under the influence and was rather experiencing symptoms of withdrawal at the time of the accident.

Court records show Pickett has been held in the Pittsburg County Jail since September after his bond was exonerated and strengthened after he was arrested for burglary in the second degree.

Pickett’s faces punishment by imprisonment for not less than four years and is scheduled for sentencing at 9 a.m. Dec. 16 in front of Pittsburg County Associate District Judge Tim Mills.

Contact Derrick James at djames@mcalesternews.com

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