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Manslaughter charges filed in double fatality accident

Charges from 2010 accident

POSTED November 7, 2011 4:46 p.m.


LARNED — A Larned man is facing charges of two counts of manslaughter, one count of failure to yield at an intersection and two counts of vehicular homicide stemming from a 2010 traffic accident.
 Bret D. Buckley, 25 of Larned, appeared before Magistrate Judge Julie Cowell Monday in the custody of the Pawnee County sheriff.  His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 15.
Buckley has been charged by the Pawnee County Attorney’s Office with two counts of manslaughter and one count of failure to yield at an intersection. The defendant has also been charged in the alternative with two counts of vehicular homicide.
The charges stem from a Nov. 23, 2010, traffic accident involving two vehicles on a rural road north of Larned.  Two passengers in Buckley’s vehicle, Matthew Hackerott and Miranda Gilliland, died as a result of injuries they sustained in the accident. 
Hackerott was 28 and Gilliland was 20 at the time of the accident. In its criminal complaint, the State alleges that Buckley was under the influence of drugs when the accident occurred.
Following his first appearance, Judge Cowell released the defendant on a supervised bond with standard drug and alcohol conditions.

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