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Crime/Courts

April 16, 2013

Photos of fatality accident shown during manslaughter trial

NORMAN — Photos taken at the scene of a fatality accident last year were presented as evidence and shown to the courtroom Monday during an ongoing manslaughter trial in Cleveland County District Court.

The photos were shown while Lt. Brent Barbour with the Norman Police Department was on the stand identifying pictures taken at the scene of the accident Feb. 20, 2012. Those involved in the accident included Safari McDoulett, who was pronounced dead at the scene, and Mark Allen Peters, who is facing charges of first-degree manslaughter, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and obstructing an officer.

Lt. Barbour coordinates the police department’s Collision Investigation Reconstruction Team (CIRT) and was called in to work after the accident took place that night. As with every accident of this nature, photos of the scene were taken for investigative purposes.

Some of the photos depicted the bloody scene that was left on the roadway on State Highway 9 near 120th Street. McDoulett lay facedown on the roadway in front of her flipped over black SUV. She had been ejected from her vehicle, due to lack of restraint from wearing a seatbelt, and suffered several traumatic injuries.

Barbour recalled injuries to McDoulett’s head and a significant amount of blood on the roadway because of it. The blood spots on the road indicated that her body had been rolled over at one point, he said. Her body also had been covered up with a sheet when he arrived at the scene.

That sheet came from Angela Wilbourne, who witnessed the accident and testified last week in court.

Other injuries of McDoulett’s that Barbour found and photographed included a broken ankle, a cut on her right leg, a large laceration on her right shoulder and other small abrasions. An overall photo of the scene also showed where McDoulett’s body rested in relation to the vehicle after she was ejected.

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