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April 17, 2013

OSBI reveals pill bottle report in manslaughter trial

NORMAN — Several testimonies from OSBI employees were heard Tuesday during the ongoing manslaughter trial for Mark Allen Peters.

Throughout the course of the trial, and according to affidavit information, Peters had a pill bottle located on his person and pill bottles were found in his vehicle the night he was involved in a fatality accident, which led to his first-degree manslaughter charge.

Pills recovered from the Norman Police Department were sent in to OSBI to be tested and the results were read in the courtroom Tuesday.

Kevin Kramer, with OSBI, tested six different pills sent to him by the Norman Police Department. Two of those were hydrocodone and diazepam. The other four pills included three that were schedule II and III controlled substances: Alprazolam, which in some cases can be Zanex, morphine and buphrenorphine.

The other pill was not identified as a controlled substance, so examination of it was halted at that point, Kramer said.

Peters had a valid prescription for hydrocodone, said Dan Vogt, program manager of prescription monitoring for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics. However, Vogt said Peters did not have a prescription for diazepam which also was found in the pill bottle in Peters’ pant pocket. Diazepam is listed as a schedule IV controlled substance.

Many witnesses who have testified throughout the course of the trial said they believed Peters to be intoxicated the night of the wreck, Feb. 20, 2012.

The wreck resulted in the death of Oklahoma County worker Safari McDoulett and while Peters was initially arrested for obstructing an officer, when law enforcement learned of McDoulett’s death, he also was under arrest for vehicular manslaughter.

He now faces charges of first-degree manslaughter, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and obstructing an officer.

Witnesses will continue to testify today at 1 p.m. in District Judge Tracy Schumacher’s courtroom at the Cleveland County Courthouse.

Jessica Bruha

366-3540

jbruha@normantranscript.com

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