Court date moved for man accused of manslaughter
By Tim Hudson E-E County Reporter
The already long road to trial for a Claremore man facing charges of first-degree manslaughter in connection with an accident that left a local woman dead in 2007 has gotten a little bit longer.
Tommy Wayne Stout, 40, had been set for a jury trial in the matter on Jan. 26 but the date was passed to the status/plea docket on Wednesday.
Stout did not appear at the hearing but was reportedly in the hospital.
District Judge Curtis DeLapp took a bench warrant under advisement and set Stout on the trial docket for March 4.
Stout was bound over for trial on May 22 following a brief preliminary hearing. He faces a single charge of manslaughter as a result of a two-car accident on U.S. Highway 75, north of Ramona, that occurred on Jan. 17, 2007.
An Oklahoma Highway Patrol report at the time indicated that Sheri Elaine Dodson, 45, of Bartlesville, was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of “massive injuries.”
According to the OHP, a 2007 Chevrolet driven by Stout was northbound on the highway traveling at a high rate of speed at 3:44 p.m., 1 mile north of Ramona on U.S. 75. A 1990 Ford two-door driven by Dodson was also northbound when Stout’s vehicle struck her from behind, reports show. Stout’s vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway before coming to rest.
As a result of the impact, OHP reports say, Dodson’s vehicle also ran off the right side of the road, overturned two times and ejected her before coming to rest on its wheels.
According to the probable cause affidavit filed in the case, OHP troopers met with Stout in the emergency room of the Jane Phillips Medical Center and immediately noticed he had “pin point pupils” and his speech was “heavily slurred.” Stout was also reportedly “twitching and making sporadic movements.”
When troopers asked Stout what had happened, he reportedly stated, “I was supposed to be at work at five, I was in a hurry to get to work early and that lady switched lanes in front of me and I hit her from behind.”
Stout told troopers he was traveling 80 mph at the time of the accident and that he had taken several medications including Zyprexa, Ambien, Prozac and Wellbutrin earlier in the day.
Washington County Sheriff’s Office records indicate that once Stout was transported to the Washington County Jail, deputies could not finish his book-in process because he was having trouble speaking and standing up.
He remains free on $30,000 bond.