The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 26, 2013

Enid woman charged with second-degree manslaughter

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — An Enid woman arrested Nov. 15 on complaints vehicular man slaughter and placing bodily fluids upon an officer was charged Tuesday.

Jonna Marie Jordan, 18, faces a felony count of second-degree manslaughter in the death of 44-year-old Orlando Lenard Rutledge.

She faces two to four years of imprisonment, up to a year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

Jordan was also charged with a count of transfer of bodily fluid, punishable by up to two years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

Jordan is being held in lieu of $25,000 bond and is set for arraignment on the charge Wednesday morning.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, Enid Police Department officers were sent at 10:49 p.m. Nov. 15 to 222 E. Wabash in reference to a person bleeding in the street.

Sgt. Nick John spoke with Enid Fire Department firefighters who said there was a man, Rutledge, who appeared to have been run over with a pickup. John then saw a woman, later identified as Jordan, lying on top of the man in the driveway at 222 E. Wabash.

John and Officer Robert McFadden asked Jordan if she was hurt and then told her she needed to step away from Rutledge, according to the affidavit. Jordan kept saying, “I want my baby.”

John was then told by a firefighter a handgun was found in the driveway.

McFadden then removed Jordan from Rutledge so Life EMS and the Enid Fire Department could provide medical care.

McFadden escorted Jordan across the street, but she kept trying to get back up and go back to Rutledge, the affidavit states.  Jordan then stated to McFadden, “I didn’t mean to hit him with my truck.”

Jordan continued to struggle against officers and was placed into the back of a patrol car so she could not interfere with paramedics.

Jordan was placed in Officer Aaron Barber’s patrol car. Barber said Jordan continued to scream and yell, so he rolled the back window down in an attempt to calm her. Once she calmed down, Barber asked her name. Jordan said she was not going to tell him and then spit on him.

Barber rolled the window back up, and Jordan continued to scream and kick the cage in the back of the vehicle.

At about 11:15 p.m, officer Andy Morris was notified of a possible fatal traffic accident at 222 E. Wabash.

Morris spoke with John, who said there had supposedly been an argument between the driver of a 1998 Chevy Silverado and the deceased.

Morris arrived and found the pickup was sideways in the driveway, according to the affidavit. The vehicle’s steering was turned to the right, and the rear had impacted a tree and uprooted the west section of the tree.

The vehicle was lodge into the tree, which had fallen southeast into another tree, according to the affidavit. Morris saw Rutledge lying to the front of the vehicle, with his head facing south and his feet facing north along the west chain-link fence.

Morris noted seeing a large indentation on the top of Rutledge’s head, according to the affidavit. There was blood pooled and running down the driveway from his head and also from a circular section of blood under the left front. There was also blood about the face and body of Rutledge.

Morris noted in the affidavit seeing “a distinct acceleration mark” from the right rear tire of the vehicle in the east side of the driveway. He also observed some scuffing on the west side of the driveway.

The dust and dirt on the hood of the vehicle had been disturbed on the driver’s side, and there were finger slide marks on the driver’s side window.

“It appeared that Mr. Rutledge had been on the driver’s side of the vehicle as the defendant was backing down the driveway,” the affidavit states.

Jordan was interviewed the afternoon of Nov. 16 by Sgt. Randy King and Detective John Robinson at the Garfield County Detention Center.

During the interview, Jordan said she had been in an argument with Rutledge.

Jordan said while walking back to his residence where her vehicle was parked, Rutledge had said something to make her mad so she pushed him, according to the affidavit. She said Rutledge did not push her back.

Jordan later said she got into a physical altercation with Rutledge in the driveway, saying they pushed one another back and forth.

She said Rutledge had fallen. Jordan said she went to her vehicle after Rutledge fell. She said she backed up, not seeing Rutledge. Jordan said she then felt a “big” bump. She said she stopped after the bump. She said she got out and saw it was Rutledge.

However, the affidavit notes, the vehicle did not stop until it was lodged in the tree in front of the residence.

Jordan said the argument was about Rutledge cheating on her with a girl that lived across the street from him, according to the affidavit. Jordan was asked how much she had had to drink. Jordan said she was drunk, but not to the point where she wanted anything like this to happen.

Morris wrote in the affidavit it appeared Rutledge had been beside the vehicle when Jordan turned to the right, apparently causing Rutledge to go under the driver’s side of the vehicle. Marks on his body show he was dragged before the left front tire ran over him.

Rutledge had abrasions on his middle left back area and his right hip area. His clothes also showed signs of being scraped on concrete with a hole being rubbed into his underwear and his pants sliding down from being dragged. Morris also saw a mark on a support bar beneath the vehicle that could have been in the area of Rutledge’s head.

During an inventory of the Chevy’s back seat, Morris found a gold-colored one-hitter pipe with a black residue.