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Oklahoma County jury convicts Elk City man in passenger's death

by Tim Willert Modified: August 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm •  Published: August 30, 2012

A jury deliberated six hours Wednesday before convicting an Elk City man of first-degree manslaughter in the death of a passenger on his motorcycle.

The panel recommended a sentence of 20 years in prison for Jerry Don Davis, 55, who was accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and causing the Sept. 17, 2010, wreck that killed Patricia Ann Dixon, 53, of Elk City. Davis also was found guilty of driving on a revoked license, with jurors deciding on a year in the county jail. A judge will decide whether to follow the recommendations when Davis is sentenced Sept. 19.

Prosecutors alleged Davis was at the controls of his 2005 Harley Davidson when it rear-ended a car making a left turn at NW 3 and Portland Avenue about 9:30 p.m. Davis, though, took the stand Wednesday and testified Dixon was driving at the time of the accident. Just before the crash he said he reached around her with his right arm to grip the front brake as the motorcycle gained on the car slowing down in front of them.

“The next thing you know I was picking myself up off the ground,” he said.

A former police officer specializing in accident reconstruction testified Davis couldn't have been the passenger because his injuries — a broken arm, broken wrist, broken thumb and cuts on his face — were consistent with injuries sustained by drivers.

Dixon was thrown 50 feet from the motorcycle and suffered head trauma and road rash but no injuries to her torso consistent with hitting a windshield or handlebars, according to testimony from the police officer and a pathologist from the state medical examiner's office. Neither Dixon nor Davis was wearing a helmet.

“He had injuries consistent with him being at the controls,” Assistant District Attorney Gary Ackleysaid during closing arguments. “She didn't.”

Ackley questioned Davis' credibility as a witness, citing three prior felony convictions and his decision to get involved with a married woman as indicators of “a willingness to deceive” in order to stay out of prison.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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