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July 8, 2014

Bound over for trial: Woman accused of running over, killing boyfriend

ENID, Okla. — A 19-year-old woman was bound over for trial Tuesday on two felony charges, including one of second-degree manslaughter.

Jonna Marie Jordan appeared for a preliminary hearing before Special District Judge Brian Lovell with her attorneys, Elliott Crawford and Jacquelyn Ford.

Jordan was charged last year with second-degree manslaughter after running over her boyfriend, 44-year-old Orlando Rutledge, with a Chevy pickup. She also was charged with transfer of bodily fluid after spitting on an Enid Police Department officer.

Assistant District Attorney Irene Asai argued there was substantial evidence to constitute culpable negligence in the second-degree manslaughter charge.

Several members of Enid Police Department testified at the hearing.

Sgt. Nick John testified he found Jordan lying over Rutledge in the driveway of an Enid residence when he arrived at the scene Nov. 13, 2013.

John testified Jordan repeatedly said, “I want my baby,” and officers had to prevent her from interfering as Life EMS and Enid Fire Department personnel were providing medical care to Rutledge.

K-9 Officer Robert McFadden said he saw a brown Chevy pickup facing west on the driveway, which ran north to south. The truck had been backed up and crashed into a tree.

McFadden said he stayed with Jordan to keep her from interfering with Rutledge’s medical examination. He testified Jordan stated, “I didn’t mean to hit him with my truck.”

Officers had to put Jordan in Officer Aaron Barber’s patrol car to keep her from struggling to get to Rutledge.

Barber told the court Jordan spit on him when he tried to calm her down after she had been placed in his patrol car. Jordan was crying hysterically and displayed characteristics of a panic attack, Barber said.

Sgt. Randy King testified he interviewed Jordan Nov. 16, 2013, at Garfield County Detention Facility.

In the interview, Jordan said she and Rutledge had an argument, and Jordan got in her truck to leave. She said she looked away from him, and when she looked back she could not see him. Jordan then backed quickly out of the driveway and felt a big bump, King said.

King also said Jordan admitted she was drunk when the incident occurred.

Officer Andy Morris testified he found acceleration marks on the driveway, and there was a large indentation on the top of Rutledge’s head.

If convicted, Jordan faces two to four years in prison or up to one year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000 on the manslaughter charge. She faces up to two years in prison and/or a fine of up to $1,000 on the charge of transfer of bodily fluid.

Jordan will appear before Associate District Judge Tom Newby Aug. 15 for district court arraignment. She is free on a $7,500 bond.

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