WANETTE, Okla.— In a first-of-its-kind case for Pottawatomie County, a woman has murdered her husband with an ATV.
On July 17, Noble residents, 35-year-old Chanelle Lewis and her husband Christopher Lewis went with their two children and another couple to Soggy Bottom Trails in Wanette, Oklahoma (News 9).
While there, Chanelle Lewis got into a fight with her husband over food. According to eyewitnesses, the conflict escalated until Christopher asked for a divorce (News 9). Enraged, Chanelle then ran him over with the ATV.
Her stepson, Christian Cornett, then claimed that she also tried to run over him and his sister. That’s when he fought Chanelle for the keys and ended up punching her in the eye. At this point, a 911 caller at the campsite says that the teen sister was screaming her dad was dead. Another camper went to investigate, while the witness called 911 (News 4).
Pottawatomie County Undersheriff, J.T. Palmer, says that police were dispatched to the scene at 9:30 p.m (News 9). Christopher Lewis was taken to a Shawnee hospital but later died from his injuries.
During the investigation, Chanelle claimed that she ran over her husband because he assaulted her, though witnesses do not corroborate. In 2020, the suspect filed petitions for protection with similar claims, but both were dismissed by a Cleveland County judge (News 9).
Also during the investigation, eyewitnesses told police they overheard the suspect threaten to run over her husband before the incident. This statement shows premeditation, which upgraded her original charge of manslaughter to second-degree murder (News 4).
Chanelle is currently being held on a $30,000 bond.