A new court hearing has been scheduled in a manslaughter case coming from a traffic death in Garvin County more than a year ago.
The preliminary hearing for Jack Wilson Cesar Jr., 56, of Norman was set for later this year during a proceeding in a Pauls Valley courtroom.
Cesar is facing a first-degree manslaughter charge in the death of Joseph Whitaker, who was a passenger of a vehicle crashing in western Garvin County back on Sept. 23, 2018.
A few weeks later Cesar was formally charged as he was arrested this past summer and incarcerated on a $200,000 bond.
His request to be released on his own recognizance or at the very least get a reduced bond total was rejected by a Garvin County judge during the recent court hearing here.
Court records show the denial was based on the defendant's “flight” when officers were attempting to taken him into custody in this case.
Cesar was the driver of a car that veered off the road and crashed last year at a site near the Stephens County line west of Elmore City.
It was traveling eastbound when the car went off state Highway 29 and down an embankment before striking a tree.
Troopers called to the wreck site reported Cesar, while placed on a backboard by paramedics, appeared to show signs of being intoxicated.
Whitaker later died at an Oklahoma City hospital.
Lab techs later reported blood drawn from Cesar at the scene was tested to show a .21 percent blood-alcohol concentration, which is more than double the legal limit.
After obtaining a search warrant a trooper with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Traffic Homicide Unit accessed crash information from the vehicle's event data recorder.
According to court documents, the information showed the vehicle was traveling in a “manner not reasonable or proper,” specifically 70 mph three seconds before impact with the tree. The speed compares to a limit of 65 mph.
The felony manslaughter charge was apparently filed based on the belief Cesar was driving under the influence at the time of the wreck.