A Tahlequah man charged with first-degree manslaughter for a March 2005 traffic death is scheduled to spend part of next month in court.

Rickey Dewayne Christie, 46, was set for trial last week on the manslaughter case, but the trial was delayed until June 12, beginning at 9 a.m.

Christie is charged in a fatal car crash that killed Lisa Pena. Prosecutors say he was driving under the influence of alcohol when he had a single-car crash on State Highway 82 south of Tahlequah.

Court dockets show Christie will also appear before a judge Monday, May 22, on four counts of uttering a forged instrument. Christie is accused of forging on four checks the signature of Betty Smith, who owned the car Christie was driving in the crash that killed Pena.

Christie’s third felony case, a count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, is set for jury trial sounding docket June 8. That charge was filed after he took Smith’s vehicle without permission while he was living with Smith in her residence. He was originally charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, but the charge was amended following Smith’s testimony at Christie’s preliminary hearing.

Nathan H. Young III represents Christie on the manslaughter charge, and Lawrence Langley has been appointed to represent him on the other cases. First Assistant District Attorney Donovan Dobbs is prosecuting the manslaughter case, and Assistant DA Nikki Baker Dotson is prosecuting the other cases.


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