The Norman Transcript

Local news

April 19, 2013

Jury finds Peters guilty in woman’s death

NORMAN — Patricia McDoulett hopes she can move on now. More than a year after the death of her daughter, she may finally be able to do that.

A Cleveland County District Court jury on Thursday found Mark Allen Peters, 54, guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the death of Safari McDoulett, 36. The trial lasted two weeks and Patricia was there every day, sitting on the front row waiting for her daughter to get justice.

“It’s been a nightmare,” McDoulett said. “An absolute nightmare. I’ve tried to be real strong and brave for our huge family. It’s not an easy thing to do. But it’s been one of the most difficult things I ever did besides losing Safari.”

The jury deliberated for about two hours before finding Peters guilty in the State Highway 9 traffic death on Feb. 20, 2012. It took them another three hours to sentence him to 38 years in prison on the manslaughter charge. He also was found guilty of possession of a controlled, dangerous substance and obstructing an officer.

“It was somewhat unexpected,” Peters’ attorney, Charles E. Douglas said. “We had spent two weeks in trial, the state had over 100 exhibits and 20-plus witnesses. I was surprised they didn’t spend a little more time. But I am not being critical of them. I learned long ago not to criticize jury verdicts. They got to hear all the evidence and it was a tough case.”

The defense rested without calling any witnesses. In his closing arguments, Douglas attempted to convince the jury that reasonable doubt surrounded whether Peters was under the influence on the day of the fatal wreck. Peters was found with a prescription pill bottle containing hydrocodone and Diazepam 5mg.

“Being a juror isn’t supposed to be easy or make you popular,” Douglas said during his closing arguments. “My client can’t get a fair trial if you let sympathy, sentiment or prejudice enter into the deliberations. The system doesn’t work. This case is about reasonable doubt.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local news
  • Nova Pettigrew Music community bands together to raise money for 2-year-old’s battle with rare form of cancer

    Two-year old Nova Pettigrew was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer six weeks ago. Her father, former Deli sound technician and musician James Pettigrew, noticed something was wrong when running turned to walking, then limping, then ...

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Coaches Luncheon Mixon question off-limits at coaches luncheon

    Toby Rowland addressed the elephant in the room even before Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and offensive coordinator Josh Heupel arrived Wednesday at Journey Church....

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mixon will not participate in practice

    Preseason practice begins for Oklahoma today. Freshman running back Joe Mixon will not be there. The school announced the decision Wednesday night....

    July 31, 2014

  • Sales tax-free weekend set to begin this weekend

    When stores open Friday morning, shoppers may be waiting. Oklahoma’s annual sales tax holiday is slated to run this weekend with the special exemption beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday and ending at midnight on Sunday....

    July 31, 2014

  • Deputies cleared, return to work

    Two deputies involved in a deadly shooting earlier this month are expected to return to work today after being cleared by the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office. “They (the Sheriff’s Office) gave me their investigation, I ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following people were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Randall Lee Sherrill, 34, possession of juvenile pornography · Dewey Leon Kinsey, 37, possession of controlled dangerous ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Tuesday: · 12:14 a.m. burglary report, 3000 block of Pheasant Run Road · 5:58 a.m. larceny report, 3900 block of Journey Parkway · 6:52 a.m. larceny report, 2600 block of ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Candle ruled as cause of house fire

    Slaughterville Fire Department extinguished a structure fire seconds after responding to the call around 2:50 p.m. Wednesday at 10701 Maguire Road....

    July 31, 2014

  • Sam Noble museum welcomes Oklahoma Storytellers

    From Sept. 19-21, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History visitors can share their museum experiences with StoryCorps, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving and sharing stories of people from all ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Nova Pettigrew Deli plans benefit Thursday night for young cancer patient

    Two-year old Nova Pettigrew was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer six weeks ago. Her father, former Deli sound technician and musician James Pettigrew, noticed something was wrong when running turned to walking, then limping, then crawling.
    Pettigrew had never heard of RMS, a rare form of cancer that affects nerves and has hampered Nova’s ability to move, but almost immediately, when doctors at OU Children’s Hospital started intense rounds of chemo, he quit his job to be by his daughter’s side.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo