February 25, 2006 - Posted at 12:18 p.m. CST
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ Court records show a motorist is
expected to plead guilty to the involuntary manslaughter death of a
U-S Marine in downtown Springfield.
Thirty-seven-year-old Odell McKinnis is charged with resisting
arrest and leaving the scene of a Springfield car crash that killed
Marine Jesse Harden in December. The Brighton man is being held in
the Greene County Jail on a 50-thousand-dollar bond. Today, The
Springfield News-Leader reports he'll plead guilty.
Harden was a Marine Corps lance corporal who was preparing for a
second tour of duty in Iraq.
McKinnis allegedly admitted he smoked crack cocaine the day of
the crash. Police say he was fleeing an off-duty Greene County
sheriff's deputy when he sped through a stop sign and struck
Harden's pickup truck. A trial is set for May Twenty-second.