Adacia Chambers, 22, Was Killed in a Car Crash on OSU Homecoming in 2015
In October 2015, Adacia Chambers’ aunt and her boyfriend held a press conference. Little is known about the events of that fateful night. Both men say that Adacia was very happy the day before the crash, and they did not suspect her of drug use. Chambers had been talking to her boyfriend about moving back home, but she didn’t remember the crash. Her attorney also states that Chambers did not appear to be intoxicated at the time of the crash.
According to the arrest report, Chambers has accepted a plea deal that lowered her charges. She pleaded not guilty to four counts second-degree murder, and 39 counts assault and battery. She was originally charged with 42 counts. However, her pleas were reduced to 39 and 4 respectively. During the court hearing, her defense attorney, Tony Coleman, said that Chambers was suffering from mental illness.
Although her attorney did not reveal any details about her past employment, Chambers lives in Stillwater with her boyfriend, Jesse Gaylord. He claims he met Adacia during an OSU homecoming parade. Her family has also filed personal injury lawsuits against Chambers, seeking more than $1 million in damages. Leo Schmitz’s father, Frank Chambers, found out about the accident on social media and has since filed the lawsuit. While it is unclear whether Chambers is a liable party in this case, he has admitted that he is the one responsible for the incident.
Many still remember the tragic homecoming parade accident that claimed the lives of two students at the University of Oklahoma. Although Chambers was sentenced to a life imprisonment, the families of the victims continue to grieve. Some victims still suffer from night terrors and post-traumatic stress. The emotional scars are still there. Chambers pleaded not guilty, as she did not want to cause more pain to their families.
Chambers was taken into custody on April 20, and is currently being held in the Payne County Jail. She was charged with four counts of second-degree murder and 42 other charges of assault, one of which was intentional. Her lawyers said she was in a ‘zombie-like state, unaware of what was happening in jail. The judge also ordered a psychological evaluation of Chambers. If Chambers does not have the mental capacity to handle the trial, she may be released from jail.
Tony Coleman, Chambers’ lawyer, stated to a reporter that his client had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder while in custody and that he had been taking medication while in custody. Chambers now has a better understanding about the charges against her because of her diagnosis. If Chambers is convicted of the murder charges, she may face a life sentence. Although the charges against her have been classified as felony murder, she has been in custody for the past three years, and her father says she is “incompetent” to stand trial.