A first-degree manslaughter trial for a Tahlequah man was delayed this week.

Rickey Dewayne Christie, 46, was scheduled for trial this past week on the manslaughter charge. Prosecutors allege he was driving drunk when he killed Lisa Dawn Pena on March 30, 2005. His new trial date is May 8.

Pena’s parents, Bob Stopp and Margaret Raymond, filed victim impact statements earlier this month concerning the effect their daughter’s death has made on their lives.

“No words can describe my feelings about the needless death of my daughter,” Stopp said in his statement.

He also wrote that Christie doesn’t respect the lives of other people or hold them in high regard. Raymond added that Christie damages defenseless women.

Raymond wrote about the difficulty in telling Pena’s son, Gerald, about his mother’s death. She also said she’s forgiven Christie, but it’s difficult to deal with the grief.

Christie is currently being held in the Cherokee County Jail, and has two other pending felony cases. One is for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and the other is for uttering a forged instrument. Christie’s awaiting a preliminary hearing on the forged instrument charge, and his unauthorized use of a vehicle count is set for district court arraignment next month.

Nathan H. Young III represents Christie on the manslaughter charge, and Lawrence Langley was appointed to represent him on the other cases.

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