The Norman Transcript


April 12, 2013

Witnesses offer testimony in manslaughter trial



The man still did not comply and an altercation began. At that time, a Norman police officer arrived at the scene and helped the park ranger restrain the man and cuff him, Kurt recalled.

The man was Mark Allen Peters, 54, of Noble, who was charged with first-degree manslaughter, possession of controlled dangerous substance and obstructing an officer after the incident on Feb. 20, 2012.

In Peters’ pants pocket, police found a prescription pill bottle with two different types of pills in it, according to the affidavit filed with charges. The prescription pills were hydrocodone, which he had gotten that day, and the others found were Diazepam — which is a schedule IV controlled substance, the affidavit stated.

Before the accident occurred, Angel said she observed the driver of the yellow Dodge Ram pickup, swerving left to the center line several times so she called 911.

Prior to the 911 call, Angel said she saw the yellow truck cross the center line twice, and nearly hit another car in the other lane one of those times.

“The first time was a quick swerve in and out,” she said. “The second time it was a complete drift into the eastbound lane and then the drift back.”

Kurt also said he saw the yellow pickup swerve left of the center line several times before the collision.

While on the phone with 911, she said she observed the yellow pickup crossing the center line several times again. During that call, Angel told dispatch she believed the man to be driving drunk because of his erratic driving. At the time of the collision, the 911 operator had her on hold.

When she was asked how far over the center line the yellow truck went when the vehicles collided she said, “pretty much the entire truck was in the other lane of traffic.”

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