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Oklahoma man bound over on manslaughter charge in death of ODOT worker

BY LAURA SUMMERS - Tulsa World Modified: July 10, 2012 at 4:46 pm •  Published: July 10, 2012
BARTLESVILLE – A 19-year-old Sperry man was bound over for trial Tuesday on a first-degree manslaughter charge involving the death of a state transportation worker who died while working on U.S. Highway 75.

Special Judge John Gerkin set a July 25 formal arraignment date for Deven Wayne Franklin, who faces charges in a Nov. 30 vehicle accident in which Ira Henderson, 42, was killed. Henderson’s friends and family members have filled the room for each appearance Franklin makes at the Washington County Courthouse.

The preliminary hearing for Franklin began in May, continued in June and ended this week as prosecutors sought to find times when witnesses in the case could appear. Several Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers had worked the scene of the accident in which Hendersonwas struck by Franklin’s car about 8 a.m. as his Oklahoma Department of Transportation crew prepared to remove raised pavement markers from the highway.

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