Bail set for man accused in O-DOT worker's death

Apr 3, 2012

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) — Bail has been set at $250,000 for a Sperry man charged with first-degree manslaughter in the traffic death of an Oklahoma Department of Transportation employee in a construction zone.

Nineteen-year-old Deven Franklin appeared before Washington County Special Judge Kyra Williams via video monitor from the county jail Monday. According to court records, he appeared without an attorney so Williams appointed one to represent him.

Franklin is accused of hitting 42-year-old Ira Henderson as he stood on the center line of the southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 75 near Ramona on Nov. 30.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers allege they found a wooden box containing marijuana and paraphernalia in Franklin's car and a blood test determined that enough drugs were present in his system to impair his ability to drive.

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