Chanelle Lewis, 35, is charged with second-degree murder

By Katie Campione
July 22, 2021 07:08 PM
Chanelle Lewis
Credit: Pottawatomie County Sheriff

An Oklahoma woman is facing second-degree murder charges after she allegedly ran over her husband with an ATV during an argument.

Chanelle Lewis, 35, and her husband Christopher Lewis initially began fighting over food, but the situation then escalated, according to authorities.

"He had told her he wanted a divorce, and she made a statement that she was going to run over him and kill him," said J.T. Palmer, the Pottawatomie County Undersheriff, told KFOR.

Chanelle then allegedly got onto an ATV and drove it toward Christopher, fatally striking him, the news station reports.

"First one that we've ever had where somebody intentionally ran somebody over," Palmer said, adding that "there was some alcohol involved."

Christopher's son, Christian Cornett, told KFOR that he witnessed the incident, and that Chanelle attempted to hit he and his sister as well.

Chanelle is charged with second-degree murder. She was initially charged with manslaughter, but further investigation led to the charge being increased, according to KFOR.

In a statement to the news outlet, Cornett said his father was an off-roading enthusiast.

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"He was a great man and would help anyone in need," Cornett said. "I have 1,000 brothers because he was a father figure to everyone."

The Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. An attorney for Chanelle could not be immediately identified to comment on her behalf.