2013 News Releases

Pratt County man found guilty of involuntary manslaughter

Release Date: Mar 28, 2013

PRATT – (March 28, 2013) – A Pratt County man was convicted yesterday of involuntary manslaughter in connection with a 2011 traffic collision, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. 

A Pratt County jury found Drew Allen Haerle, 29, of Preston, guilty of involuntary manslaughter. The charge stemmed from a traffic collision in May 2011 that resulted in the death of Marla Frazier, 45, of Beaver County, Okla. Frazier was a passenger in a vehicle traveling on Kansas Highway 61 north of Pratt. She died as a result of injuries suffered when Haerle, traveling at a high rate of speed, failed to yield at a stop sign and collided with the Frazier vehicle. Haerle tested positive for alcohol and marijuana. Two other occupants of the Frazier vehicle were also injured.

Judge Francis Meisenheimer scheduled sentencing for May 28 at 1:30 p.m.

Assistant Attorney General Karen Wittman of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case. The Kansas Highway Patrol worked with the Pratt Police Department on the investigation.

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