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December 19, 2013

Bond reduced for teen charged in death

ENID, Okla. — An Enid teen charged with second-degree manslaughter and another felony had her bond reduced to $7,500 Thursday.

Jonnna Marie Jordan, 18, is accused of running over her boyfriend with a pickup and spitting on Enid Police Department Officer Aaron Barber.

Jordan was arrested Nov. 15 and had been held in lieu of $25,000 bond.

Jordan and Orlando Lenard Rutledge, 44, were arguing and got into a physical altercation. Jordan knocked him to the ground in the driveway at 222 E. Wabash, according to court documents.

Jordan then got into a pickup and began driving away, but Rutledge was dragged underneath one of its wheels and suffered a fatal head injury, according to the affidavit.

Jordan’s attorney Jacquelyn L. Ford asked the court Thursday to release the high school student on her own recognizance. She said  Rutledge’s death was “essentially an accident.”

“She is 100 percent aware of the seriousness of what’s going on,” Ford said of her client.

Ford also said Jordan had immediate family members residing in the community and no means to flee, after her parents sold her vehicle to help pay for her defense.

“I would ask the court for an OR (own recognizance) bond,” Ford said. “She is not going anywhere.”

Assistant District Attorney Jason Seigars told the court Jordan was charged with “a serious crime.”

“The state feels bond as it is set is appropriate,” he said, noting Jordan was facing two felony charges.

Seigars asked the court to deny Jordan’s request for a bond reduction because of the seriousness of the crime and the facts of the case.

“Who is to say, as far as the community is concerned, that this is an isolated incident?” Seigars asked.

Special District Judge Brian Lovell said he would not agree to an OR bond but would consider a “reasonable” bond.

Ford requested a bond between $5,000 and $10,000.

Lovell asked Jordan if she would be returning to Lincoln Alternative Academy, if released.

“Yes sir,” Jordan answered.

Lovell set bond at $7,500.

“I still think that is a pretty substantial bond,” he said.

Lovell ordered Jordan to maintain weekly contact with her attorney and recommended she returned to counseling upon her release. Jordan was ordered to return to court Jan. 27, 2014, for a bond appearance.

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