Judge recuses herself from preliminary hearing of OSU homecoming parade suspect

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STILLWATER, Okla. – A judge presiding over a high-profile murder trial has recused herself from the case.

On Monday, Judge Katherine Thomas recused herself after she learned that she was acquainted with a witness in the case against Adacia Chambers.

Authorities said 25-year-old Adacia Chambers drove her car into an unmanned police motorcycle before plowing straight into the crowd of onlookers during Oklahoma State’s homecoming parade on Oct. 24.

In all, authorities said four people were killed and 46 others were injured in the crash.

Officials said 2-year-old Nash Lucas, 23-year-old Nikita Nakal, 65-year-old Dr. Marvin and Bonnie Stone were all killed in the crash.

Chambers was officially charged with four counts of second-degree murder and 46 counts of felony assault.

On Monday, Thomas stepped down from the case and asked the court to assign another judge in her place.

According to court records, Thomas says she was “acquainted with an individual, endorsed as a State’s witness and identified as a victim.”

Associate District Judge of the District Court of Logan County Louis A. Duel was appointed to conduct the preliminary hearing in the case.

In court Monday, Judge Duel issued a gag order in Chambers’ case, meaning the case cannot be discussed in public.

He also ordered the 25-year-old to be evaluated at a mental health facility in Vinita.

As for Chambers’ boyfriend, he’s planning to withdraw from OSU and move back home to Oologah in the next week or so, according to the Stillwater News Press.

“I’ve been keeping my head down,” Gaylord said. “I don’t want to deal with the stares.”

The next court date is set for 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 10. That’s when the outcome of the competency evaluation will determine the next step in the criminal proceedings.

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