Indictment charges Robert Garn in death of Rachel Warren
A suspected drunk driver has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the death of a Rolla woman involved a crash south of Rolla last year.
Robert L. Garn, 29, of Lecoma, has been charged with second-degree murder, a Class A felony, and driving while intoxicated (persistent offender), a Class D felony, according to Missouri online court records.
He pleaded not guilty during an arraignment hearing April 4. The case is set for a ruling on preliminary motions and a trial setting Monday, May 5. Circuit Judge Bill Hickle will preside over the case.
Court documents state that a Phelps County grand jury indicted Garn on the two charges in connection with a crash that killed Rachel D. Warren, 23, of Rolla.
The indictment charges Garn with driving while intoxicated, which led to the crash and the death of Warren.
The indictment states that Garn previously had been found guilty of driving while intoxicated in Phelps County Circuit Court two times — once on Aug. 1, 2008, and another on Sept. 15, 2008.
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol preliminary incident report, the crash was reported around 3:10 a.m. Oct. 16, 2013, on Highway CC, four miles west of Rolla, near Private Drive 7139.
The patrol stated Garn was driving and Warren was a passenger in the 1997 Ford Ranger that was traveling eastbound when it went off the left side of the road, struck an embankment and a tree before overturning.
The patrol stated Warren initially suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to University Medical Center in Columbia.
She was pronounced dead at the Columbia hospital Oct. 17, 2013, at 4 p.m., the patrol stated.
According to the patrol, Garn suffered moderate injuries in the crash. He was initially taken to Phelps County Regional Medical Center and then was also airlifted to University Medical Center in Columbia.
Warren and Garn were not wearing seat belts and the vehicle was totaled, the patrol stated.