- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 2, 2017

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma police officer has been charged with manslaughter for the death of her husband, a deputy sheriff, in an auto accident.

Online court records show 24-year-old Cassandra Cookson of Tahlequah was charged Tuesday in Cherokee County with misdemeanor negligent homicide for the death of 23-year-old Sean Cookson.

Cassandra Cookson is a police officer in Adair while Sean Cookson was a Craig County deputy.

Prosecutors say Cassandra Cookson was speeding in heavy fog on Feb. 22 when she rear-ended a vehicle that was waiting to make a left-turn on Highway 82 near Tahlequah. Sean Cookson died five days later at a hospital.

Court records do not list an attorney for Cassandra Cookson, who was injured in the crash and has been on leave.


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