Judge to Decide If Interstate Shootings Case to Go to Trial

A woman testified at a preliminary hearing for a Texas man accused of killing her husband and one other person on an Oklahoma interstate that she recalled maneuvering the vehicle her spouse was driving after he was shot.

Jeremy Doss Hardy is charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Jeffery Kent Powell, 45, of Arapaho. Powell's wife, Tamara Powell, gave her testimony Thursday, according to The Oklahoman. Hardy also is charged in the shooting death of Billie Jean West, 63, of Lone Wolf.

A judge will determine if there's sufficient evidence for a trial to be held.

Tamara Powell described having to reach over and put the pickup truck in park as her husband slumped over the seat Dec. 16, 2015. She said they were returning from the airport when a pickup speeding behind them suddenly passed their car and started shooting at them.

"I kept going, `Don't leave me. Don't leave me,"' she said of her wounded husband.

Police found West fatally shot in her car that was still in drive, but in a concrete drainage ditch.

Prosecutors said Hardy, 37, of Pasadena, Texas, sped through three counties while randomly firing from his vehicle along Interstate 40 in western Oklahoma, and hit at least four vehicles. Hardy admitted after his arrest early the next day that he had been drinking alcohol earlier.

Hardy's boss, Todd William Dugas, said Hardy was not acting unusual when they left a restaurant that night, but Hardy had been complaining about severe headaches.

"He said, `I lose my mind and want to stab myself ... but I'm not having one right now,"' Trooper Darrell Splawn said Hardy told him when describing his migraines that had been going on for a month and a half.

In addition to Tamara Powell, five other people testified that a pickup driver shot at them.

Testimony during the hearing provided no new insight into a potential motive for the shootings.

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