Moore High School Fatal Hit And Run Suspect In Court

Friday, July 24th 2020, 4:09 am
By: Bonnie Campo

MOORE, Okla. -

Max Townsend, the man accused of killing three Moore High School cross county runners and injuring four others, is scheduled to be in court Friday morning.

The preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m.

The prosecution will try to prove there is enough probable cause that Townsend murdered three children during the alleged hit and run crash.

Police said they found Townsend’s truck wrecked out a few blocks over from the wreck.They preformed a sobriety test at the scene. 

The students were jogging on the sidewalk near the field house at the time off the collision. 

Investigators said Townsend was acting recklessly, allegedly driving 77 MPH.

Because it was right after school, there were close to 50 witnesses and some of them could be called to the stand.

Townsend faces three second degree murder charges for the deaths of Yuridia Martinez, Rachel Freeman and Kolby Crum. Their parents plan to be in court.

“It's overwhelming. I have known that these days would be coming. I wouldn't say I am prepared. How do you prepare for something like this? But I think God has given me the strength to go through this," said Tansey Hellbusch, Crum’s mother.

Rachel Freeman’s family said they want the maximum punishment for Townsend, life in prison. However, they said their faith in God calls them to forgive the alleged driver.

Townsend also faces a series of other charges.

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