© 2021 Public Radio Tulsa
800 South Tucker Drive
Tulsa, OK 74104
(918) 631-2577

A listener-supported service of The University of Tulsa
PRT Header Color
classical 88.7 | public radio 89.5
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Local & Regional

Tulsa Man Charged in Deaths on Grand Lake

KWGS News File Photo

JAY, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa man has been charged with two counts of first-degree manslaughter after two University of Arkansas students died in a boat accident on Grand Lake last May.

John Deselms surrendered Monday and his lawyer said he was released on $25,000 bond.

Prosecutors say Deselms was operating a boat that crashed into a docked houseboat on May 14, killing 21-year-olds Nicole Swetnam of Grove and William Lewis "Trey" Varner III of Texarkana, Ark.

Police for the Grand River Dam Authority issued a 14-page report blaming excessive speed, alcohol and operator inattention.

A probable cause affidavit says Deselms told police he had 10 beers, a shot of tequila and an antidepressant not prescribed to him before the accident.

Deselms had just finished his junior year at Arkansas when the crash occurred.