Medical Examiner Testifies In Max Townsend Trial

Friday, June 18th 2021, 7:29 pm

NORMAN, Oklahoma -

Friday was the third day of testimony in the trial against Max Townsend. He is accused of driving through a group of Moore High School cross country runners last February, killing three and injuring several others. 

The defense called a close friend of Rachel Freeman’s to the stand Friday.

Audrey Hill was running with the team back on February 3, 2020. 

She said she remembers hearing an engine rev and seeing a man driving the red truck straight at them, alert with his hands on the steering wheel at 10 and 2.

After the crash, Hill was OK and she said she went to help a fellow teammate pull Yuridia Martinez out of the pond where she landed after being hit.

Prosecutors also brought in the medical examiner, who conducted the autopsies on Freeman, Martinez and Kolby Crum.

The medical examiner shared that on all three kids there were injuries on their bodies spanning head to toe, internally and externally.

There were multiple bruises, fractures and road rash that the kids had on several parts of their bodies.

In Rachel Freeman’s case, the medical examiner noted that, most likely, she died nearly right after being hit.

The state also called the doctor who examined Max Townsend at the Norman Regional’s emergency room after the crash to the stand.

Dr. Matthew Davis said he didn’t find anything wrong mentally or physically with Townsend.

The suspect has claimed he drank Red Bull, choked and went unconscious.

The trial will resume Monday morning starting with the state’s 17th witness.