Cherokee County prosecutors and a Tahlequah woman charged with first-degree manslaughter have reached a tentative plea agreement.

First Assistant District Attorney Donovan Dobbs said Tuesday that Trisha Denae Catron has agreed to plead guilty to the manslaughter charge, but no plea date has been set. He declined to disclose the terms of the agreement.

“I hope we can get it [the plea] done this week,” he said. “She will plead guilty.”

Catron’s case has been mistried three times. Only one trial made it completely through the process, and jurors deadlocked 6-6. Dobbs said the district attorney’s office talked to members of that jury after the trial.

Catron is charged with killing Andrea Beth Doyle in a July 21, 2003, head-on collision east of Tahlequah. Prosecutors say Catron was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

Dobbs said he has talked to the Doyle family about the proposed plea agreement, as he’s required to do by state law. He said someone from the victim’s family will make a victim impact statement at the sentencing hearing.

Defense attorney Stephen Fabian approached the district attorney’s office and asked about the possibility of a plea offer on the manslaughter charge. Dobbs said the agreement would include a misdemeanor DUI charge filed against Catron while she was free on bond on the manslaughter charge.

The new charge served as the basis of Chief District Judge Bruce Sewell’s revoking Catron’s bond, and she spent several months in the Cherokee County Jail while awaiting trial. Sewell agreed to setting a bond for Catron after jurors deadlocked on her case in September.


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