Five new felony counts were filed Tuesday against a Tahlequah man scheduled to be in court today on a first-degree manslaughter charge.

Rickey Dewayne Christie, 47, was charged with four counts of uttering a forged instrument and a single count of possession of a stolen vehicle. He is also charged with possession of paraphernalia.

Christie was set to appear this morning on a manslaughter charge stemming from a May 2005 crash that killed Lisa Pena.

Court records show Christie was free on a $32,000 property bond on the manslaughter charge when he was arrested earlier this month in a 2001 Saturn stolen from Betty Smith, who had posted the property bond.

Associate District Judge Mark Dobbins granted Smith’s request to be discharged from the property bond, meaning Christie must post another bond on the manslaughter case before he can be released.

He has been in custody since Tahlequah Police Sgt. Chris Boals arrested him in the 2001 Saturn.

Prosecutors allege Christie passed 37 checks on Smith’s account at local businesses. Twenty-one checks totaling $1,005.60 were given to BancFirst, and 14 others went to Reasor’s for the same amount. Court documents also show a check to Mazzio’s for $30.17 and a check to American Lock Shop for $24.

A probable cause affidavit by TPD Detective Dale Glory states Christie’s name was initially on Smith’s checking account and he had power of attorney. Smith and Christie went to the bank in November, and she told bank representatives she wanted Christie’s name removed from the account. Christie agreed, but made it plain he did not like it, the affidavit states.

Bank employees told Smith she would have to destroy the checks with both names on them, but Christie allegedly took the checks before Smith was able to do so.

The paraphernalia count alleges Christie had a metal pipe used by people who ingest drugs when he was arrested in Smith’s car.

Christie is represented by Nathan H. Young III, a local attorney. Assistant District Attorney Nikki Baker Dotson is prosecuting the case.


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