A Chandler man charged with second-degree murder in connection with a fatal crash that killed a college student near Asher last year will undergo a competency evaluation, court records show.

A Chandler man charged with second-degree murder in connection with a fatal crash that killed a college student near Asher last year will undergo a competency evaluation, court records show.

Pottawatomie County District Court records show Johnny Lee Morton III, 26, made a court appearance during a disposition docket ahead of next week's scheduled jury term.

Out of jail on bond, he was booked back into the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center so a competency evaluation can be done. His case was continued until May 31, court documents show.

The accident on U.S. 177 north of Asher on Aug. 10, 2016 resulted in the death of Ryan T. Hamm, a 21-year-old University of Central Oklahoma student.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Hamm’s northbound SUV was struck head-on by a southbound 2003 Chevrolet pickup driven by Morton.

Hamm died at the scene and Morton was transported by helicopter ambulance to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City for treatment of head injuries, the patrol reported.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol turned accident reports over to District Attorney Richard Smothermon’s office and prosecutors moved quickly to file charges in the case.

Both the OHP and local district attorney confirmed with the filing that Morton, at the time of the Asher accident, had a driver license restriction for an ignition interlock device because of two previous DUI cases pending adjudication at that time.

But OHP Capt. Paul Timmons said the pickup Morton was driving that night was not equipped with the device.

Timmons said it was reported that Morton had just purchased the vehicle and didn’t have the device installed. Such devices prevent a vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking because a breathalyzer checks the driver’s breath.

Smothermon confirmed the vehicle Morton was driving didn’t have the interlock device, which was required by law.

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