Logan County Associate District Judge Louis A. Duel will replace Payne County Judge Katherine Thomas in the case against Adacia Avery Chambers. Chambers is accused of driving her car into a crowd of spectators at Oklahoma State University's Homecoming Parade on October 24, 2015. Four people died in the crash, and dozens of others were injured.
In a Monday court filing, Thomas says she is personally acquainted with one of the individuals identified as a victim and wishes to recuse herself to avoid questions of impartiality.
Chambers is scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon to be arraigned on four counts of second degree murder and 46 counts of assault. Two other motions in the case are also before the court. One would seal Chambers' mental health records. The other is a request for a "gag order" because the prosecution says media coverage of the events may taint the jury.