STILLWATER, Okla. – The woman accused of driving her car into a crowd of people at the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade had “no real response” to killing four people, her attorney told the TODAY Show Monday morning.
He spoke about his client with the TODAY Show’s Savannah Guthrie Monday morning.
Coleman met with Chambers at the Stillwater jail Saturday night for about an hour.
He says after that meeting, he has serious doubts about her mental competency and says she displayed characteristics of mental illness.
“The night of the incident I was with her for the better part of an hour. Her responses to my questions, her reactions to information that I supplied her with led me to be concerned about her capacity and her competency at this time,” Coleman told the TODAY Show.
Defense Attorney Garvin Isaacs spoke with NewsChannel 4’s Linda Cavanaugh about Chambers’ case.
Chambers was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and on Sunday, investigators, along with the Payne County District Attorney’s office, decided to file an affidavit and hold Chambers on four counts of second degree murder.
Coleman says Chambers had "no real response" after hearing four people died in the crash.
"When I in fact informed her that four people had indeed perished, the reaction that I got was one that confirmed what I believed from the very beginning, that she was lacking in capacity or was under some other influences other than drugs or alcohol," Coleman said.
While we won't know the results of her blood test for a few days, Coleman is convinced alcohol did not play a factor in the deadly crash.
At a press conference Sunday, Coleman says there is a dark period from the time she left work to the time of the crash that she doesn’t really remember.
“She doesn’t remember a whole lot about what happened. There was a period where I think that for a better lack of term, she could’ve even blacked out. She only remembers, from what was communicated with me, the end of the crash, people removing her from the car, shards of glass being everywhere and her being extremely confused while at the same time trying to maintain the ability to cooperate,” said Coleman.
He says there is a history of mental illness in Chambers’ family.
Coleman says he was told that Chambers had previously contemplated suicide, although he does not feel Saturday’s event was a suicide attempt.
Chambers is expected to be arraigned in Payne County Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.