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Oklahoma man charged with murder in deaths of 3 in car crash

Max Leroy Townsend is charged with manslaughter after officials say he drove a pickup into...
Max Leroy Townsend is charged with manslaughter after officials say he drove a pickup into cross-country students running on the sidewalk. (Cleveland County Sheriff's Office)(KXII)
Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 2:39 PM CDT
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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - The man accused of crashing into a suburban Oklahoma City high school cross-country team and killing three student athletes has been charged with second-degree murder.

Max Leroy Townsend was initially charged with manslaughter. But court records show the 57-year-old’s charge was upgraded on Monday.

He’s accused of crashing into members of the Moore High School cross-country team as they ran outside their school in February.

Three died and four were injured.

Townsend previously pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.

Police have said Townsend was under the influence of alcohol, driving nearly 80 miles per hour and crossed two lanes of traffic when he crashed into them.

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