Arraignment Delayed For Tulsa Man Charged In Crash

Ponca City Now - November 14, 2013 6:44 am

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Arraignment has been delayed for a University of Arkansas student charged with two counts of manslaughter over a boating accident in northeast Oklahoma.

John Stuart Deselms of Tulsa was due in court this week in Delaware County but a delay was granted at the request of his attorney. The 22-year-old was charged with first-degree manslaughter in the May deaths of William Lewis "Trey" Varner III of Texarkana and Rachel Nichole Swetnam of Grove, Okla.

Prosecutors allege that Deselms was operating a boat under the influence of alcohol when it crashed into a houseboat parked on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Deselms’ arraignment is now set for Dec. 13. He has not yet entered a plea in the case.

 

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