Driver in double-fatal crash charged with murder

Shawn Jones

A man who authorities said caused a wreck that killed two Pushmataha County sisters has been charged with murder.

Shawn Thomas Jones, 34, of Rosedale was charged in Pontotoc County District Court with two counts of second-degree murder for allegedly causing the deaths of 34-year-old Brooke Trotter and 29-year-old Becky Trotter, both of Antlers.

Jones remains in Pontotoc County Justice center on $1 million bond.

The two-vehicle collision occurred at 4:47 a.m. on Sept. 25, about two miles east of Ada, near the intersection of state Highway 3 and County Road 3590.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Rob Benedict said Jones was driving a 2003 Hummer west on SH 3 when he crossed the center line and collided head-on with a 2015 Jeep Renegade, driven east on SH 3 by Brooke Trotter. Brooke Trotter and Becky Trotter were pronounced dead at the scene.

A third passenger in the Jeep, 61-year-old Jaquetta I. Trotter of Antlers, was taken by Mercy EMS to Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, then taken by Air Evac to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City and admitted with a leg injury.

Jones and two passengers in the Hummer, 44-year-old Nicholas D. Rowan of Pauls Valley and 27-year-old Jason E. Stewart of Idabel, were not injured.

Benedict said the Trotter family was driving toward their homes in Antlers when the collision occurred. In a court affidavit, Benedict said Jaquetta Trotter suffered great bodily injury in the crash.

In a separate court document filed by Assistant District Attorney John Hubbard, it reads that Jones was driving “while under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more, after prior conviction of driving under the influence of alcohol in Garvin County."

Benedict arrested Jones at the scene of the wreck.

“Jones had a strong odor (of alcohol) on his breath,” Benedict said in the affidavit. “He was unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred and he had watery, bloodshot eyes. (I) gave Jones a sobriety test, the HGN. Jones exhibited six of six clues. Jones was given a walk and turn and exhibited three clues.”

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