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Chambers Found Competent to Stand Trail in Homecoming Crash Case

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Adacia Avery Chambers

The woman charged with driving into a crowd and killing four people during the Oklahoma State homecoming parade has been found competent to stand trial.

A Payne County judge issued the ruling in the case of 25-year-old Adacia Chambers after receiving a report on her competency. Chambers had been sent to the Oklahoma Forensic Center to determine whether she understood the charges and could assist in her defense.

Defense attorney Tony Coleman has said Chambers is mentally ill and he requested a report by a psychologist who found that she was mentally ill.

Coleman said Thursday that he isn't surprised by the results of the competency hearing, claiming there were several factors that determined the results including the time between the original examination and the competency hearing. He did not expand on other factors.

Coleman said he wouldn't disclose at this time whether they will seek insanity, but that he reserves the right to revisit the competency issue.

Chambers' family waved at her as she entered the court room, but she had no reaction.

Chambers faces four counts of second-degree murder and 46 counts of assault in the Oct. 24 crash that prosecutors say was intentional.

A preliminary hearing has been set for April 7, with a pre-trial conference set for February 16.

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Caele Pemberton was the Arts & Culture reporter at KOSU from August 2015 to May 2016.
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