Oklahoma man accused of running over wife will face trial on murder charge

Isiah J. Keitt, 41, was legally drunk the night Liliya Kasabova was struck with a car near a Midwest City convenience store, and officers say he made no attempt to avoid the woman, who was on foot.
by Tim Willert Published: August 11, 2012

A man accused of running over his wife did not try to avoid the woman when his vehicle struck her as she walked along a street, police officers testified Friday.

Isiah James Keitt, 41, of Midwest City, is charged with first-degree murder in the March 6 death of Liliya Kasabova.

Keitt also is charged with manslaughter in the alternative.

Kasabova, 36, was hit about 7 p.m. March 6 in the 1100 block of St. John Avenue. She was taken to a hospital where she died a short time later.

Witnesses told police they saw the couple arguing in a convenience store parking lot a block south of where Kasabova was found in a shallow drainage ditch.

Matt Mercer, a Midwest City police officer who specializes in reconstructing accident scenes, testified at Keitt's preliminary hearing that there were no visible skid marks, indicating the driver made no attempt to stop.

Keitt's vehicle appeared to be going straight when Kasabova was struck, Mercer said, adding that the driver of the car didn't try to change direction.

Midwest City police Detective Darrell Miller testified that Keitt was so intoxicated the night Kasabova died that he waited until the next day to interview him.

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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 FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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