By: Patti Weaver

(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Stillwater man has been charged with first-degree manslaughter in connection with an Oct. 5, 2020, fatal crash on Highway 51 that took the life of Cody Ryan Barlow, 38, of Glencoe.

An arrest warrant was issued last week for 20-year-old Terrell Eugene Williams, who could receive a prison term of four years to life if convicted of causing the victim’s death by either driving under the influence of drugs or driving after his license had been revoked, since the case was filed in the alternative by First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Etherington.

Williams was 19 when his 2008 Lexus struck the victim’s vehicle at 4:26 am on Oct. 5, 2020, at 4700 W. 6th Ave. on Highway 51 in the city limits of Stillwater, according to an affidavit by Stillwater Police Officer Kurt Merrill that was filed in court records last week.

“Based on the lack of evidence of braking or steering input prior to the collision, and the after collision behavior of Barlow’s vehicle, it was found that Williams was driving in excess of the speed limit and in an inattentive manner,” the affidavit alleged.

“Additionally, it was found by Stillwater Police Officer Jonathan Brese, who is a nationally certified drug recognition expect, that Williams was impaired by intoxicating substances at the time of the collision. A routine check of Williams’ license revealed that his license was revoked by the state of Oklahoma,” the affidavit alleged.

Williams has not yet been arrested, court records showed today.

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