Suspect Expected to Plead Guilty in Fatal Accident That Killed Marine

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.

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