Cushing Teen Charged as Adult in Fatal One-Car Crash
(Stillwater, Okla.) – A 16-year-old Cushing girl was charged as an adult Tuesday with felony homicide in a July 9 one-car crash on 9th Street and Brethren Road west of Cushing for allegedly driving 124 m.p.h., turning off her headlights, losing control of her 2013 Kia and hitting a tree – that resulted in the death of one of her five passengers, 15-year-old Ashlyn Roe of Agra.
Payne County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Etherington charged Laycee Hope Akins with second-degree murder or in the alternative with first-degree manslaughter.
If convicted as a adult of second-degree murder, Akins could be sentenced to 10 years to life in prison, according to the charge.
If convicted as an adult of first-degree manslaughter, Akins could be sentenced to four years to life in prison, court records show.
Akins has not yet appeared before a judge for arraignment on the charge, court records show.
Although Akins was charged as an adult, typically a defense attorney would seek to have her treated as a youthful offender or juvenile in a felony case.
The fatal crash was investigated by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Seventeen witnesses for the prosecution were listed on the charge.