By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
A man set for trial Monday in the hit-and-run death of a 38-year-old woman early this year pleaded guilty Friday afternoon.
Anthony Michael “Mike” Oller, 41, withdrew his previous plea of not guilty and entered a blind plea to charges of first-degree manslaughter, leaving the scene of a fatality and a misdemeanor count of driving with license revoked, subsequent offense.
By entering a blind plea, Oller will have his sentence determined by a judge, and it means there is no agreement for sentencing with the prosecution.
Because of prior convictions of endeavoring to possess controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled substance and driving under suspension, Oller faces 20 years to life on the manslaughter charge and three years to life on the charge of leaving the scene of a fatality.
Associate District Judge Tom Newby accepted Oller’s guilty pleas and ordered a presentencing investigation. He set formal sentencing for Jan. 3, 2014.
Oller was charged Jan. 29 in connection with the Jan. 22 death of Mary Ward, 38, of Enid.
In a plea form, Oller stated he agreed with the facts presented in an affidavit filed in the case.
Oller was arrested Jan. 22 by Enid police following an investigation into the death of Ward. Officers responded to a 911 call of an accident involving great bodily injury at 8:26 p.m. Jan. 22 in the 1300 block of South Van Buren. The caller told police the vehicle and driver involved in the collision fled the scene, according to court documents filed in the case.
Ward was taken to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 9:07 p.m. A check of Oller’s license at 9:16 p.m. showed it was suspended.
Officer Aaron Barber found Ward lying in the east northbound lane of Van Buren when he arrived. Two men were attempting to provide first aid to the woman.
A man entering a business in the 1300 block of South Van Buren told Officer Robert McFadden he heard what he thought was the sound of a vehicle hitting something.
He said a full-sized pickup with a ladder in the bed stopped for about 30 seconds, according to the affidavit.
The man also told McFadden he thought something fell from the truck, but he did not think anything of it and went inside the business. He said he was behind the truck and did not see what damage occurred or the driver of the truck.
A woman who was southbound on Van Buren told McFadden a truck had passed her, and she saw a woman standing on the east side of the yellow line of the turn lane. She said she saw the truck hit the woman and the woman thrown into the air, landing in front of the truck, according to the affidavit. She said the truck ran over the woman, turned east and left the scene. The woman said she did not see the driver of the truck.
Sgt. Justin Hodges spoke with Steve Oller, Michael Oller’s father, at the scene of the collision.
He said his son was driving the truck involved in the accident and said it was behind Buck’s Party Shop, according to the affidavit.
Hodges and McFadden found a silver Chevy 1500 extended cab pickup behind the business. It appeared the primary impact took place in the middle of the front of the vehicle.
Steve Oller told police his son got off work at about 7:10 to 7:15 p.m. and had about three or four 12-ounce beers at his home at 1710 Hudson, according to the affidavit. He told police his son had become “mouthy” and he knew his son was getting drunk.
Steve Oller said he left between 7:45 and 8 p.m. and went home. He said when he got home, Michael called him in a panic, asking him to come back, according to the affidavit. He said his son called at 8:43 p.m. Steve Oller said he went back to his son’s house after his son called him about every minute, telling him to hurry up.
Steve Oller said his son told him he left the convenience store and looked down to “mess” with something in the truck. Steve Oller said his son told him he suddenly hit something. He said Michael told him he assumed he hit a person due to the damage being so high on the truck, according to the affidavit.
Steve Oller told police Michael asked him to go back to the scene and claim he hit the woman, according to the affidavit. Steve Oller said his son also told him to tell police he thought he hit a dog.
Steve Oller told police he wanted to take his own vehicle to the scene to talk to police, but Michael “threw a fit” and had him take the damaged truck back to the scene, according to the affidavit.
Hodges and McFadden went to 1710 Hudson to speak with Michael Oller. He and his ex-wife had left the home, and Steve Oller called Michael, telling him to return to the house. Steve Oller said the two were driving nearby in a tan SUV.
Officers Lee Frisendahl and Aaron Barber found the tan SUV in the 1000 block of Hite and conducted a traffic stop. Barber spoke to Michael about the accident.
Michael Oller told Barber his father was driving the truck and hit a dog. Barber described Michael Oller as having bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and a strong odor of intoxicant, according to the affidavit.
Barber spoke with Carol Oller, who said Michael had become panicky and called his father to come back. She said she asked Michael why he was calling his dad to come back, and Michael told her he hit something on Van Buren and thought it was a dog, according to the affidavit.
She said Steve and Michael looked at Michael’s truck, and Steve later left in it. She said Michael asked her to drive him to the scene to check on Steve.