Sperry Man to Stand Trial in Road Worker's Death

Jul 11, 2012

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) — A Sperry man has been ordered to stand trial on a first-degree manslaughter charge in the death of a transportation worker.

Special Judge John Gerkin scheduled a July 25 formal arraignment for Deven Franklin on Tuesday after determining there was enough evidence for Franklin to be bound over for trial. Franklin also is charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Franklin is accused in the Nov. 30 death of 42-year-old Ira Henderson.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Franklin's vehicle hit Henderson as he was working with an Oklahoma Department of Transportation crew on U.S. Highway 75 near Ramona.

Troopers allege they found marijuana and a pipe in Franklin's car.

Franklin's attorney, Kristi Sanders, didn't immediately return a message left after hours seeking comment.

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