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Squidboy January 29th, 2019 6:28pm

Shantel Witt has been charged with manslaughter after hitting & killing a cyclist. Prosecutors allege Shantel had ~11 medications in her system at the time of the crash, including her dog’s Xanax. Do you feel manslaughter is an appropriate charge?

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Quinnipiac Here
01/29/19 3:57 pm

No wonder the dog suffered from anxiety, with an owner like that...

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Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
01/29/19 2:48 pm

That’s a textbook example of manslaughter. What’s the debate here, again?

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paranoidandroid beantown scientist lady
01/29/19 12:33 pm

Kind of an aside bc she’s obviously got issues aside from her legal ones... my last cat was on Prozac for anxiety. She’d get stressed and lick herself bald until her little nipples bled. I believe it was a low dose but I got it at CVS. It’s not unheard of for an animal to get a human med. Even viagra (for the heart/circulation???). I’d never take my pets human med though...

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Robert01 existentialist
01/29/19 12:12 pm

I think it fits Oregon's definition of manslaughter unfortunately.

If I was the DA I would still charge her with murder as she new that her actions could affect someone, although the death wasnt premeditated...

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Robert01 existentialist
01/29/19 12:10 pm

Side note, last time I tried pulling these I had to go through the townhall website back in 06 and it was terrible. I'm glad Oregon has gotten its digital act together.

cpaswr 864511320
01/29/19 11:44 am

From reading the article, I’m guessing that she was trying to kill herself and didn’t care who she took with her.

cpaswr 864511320
01/29/19 5:57 pm

Let’s see.

11 different medications including Xanax, 3 beers, and a gun in the car. Some of the meds are designed to impair you so you can’t drive.

Based upon this, I think she was trying to kill herself. Going for the drive makes me think she didn’t care who she took with her.

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CoffeeNow CCP virus
01/29/19 11:39 am

Her dogs Xanax? What?

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badattitude no place like home
01/29/19 11:40 am

Who gives a dog a prescription for Xanax?

CoffeeNow CCP virus
01/29/19 11:43 am

I have a feeling our tax dollars paid for that dog Xanax

badattitude no place like home
01/29/19 11:45 am

Or Oregon tax dollars

omniku dot com
01/29/19 12:58 pm

This was my question. Why on earth would someone give a dog Xanax?!! What’s next... Miracle Gro starts putting Prozac in their plant food?

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badattitude no place like home
01/29/19 1:10 pm

I gave my dog CBD oil to ease her pain when she was dying of cancer. Poor thing. That was really hard. I loved that dog

Jerbehr queens
01/29/19 11:34 am

It’s no different than drunk driving

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badattitude no place like home
01/29/19 11:30 am

How is that manslaughter but if I have three beers and do the same thing it’s murder?

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Jerbehr queens
01/29/19 11:35 am

Isn’t it manslaughter for that too?

badattitude no place like home
01/29/19 11:37 am

Not in California. I think in Nevada too. It’s state law. They’re all different

Squidboy Snarkapottamus
01/29/19 11:38 am

Breck-I’m not an expert on Oregon law...but this was my first thought. Frankly...it seems worse given that she was illegally using a drug.

badattitude no place like home
01/29/19 11:39 am

Also, if you’re drunk driving and a sober driver runs the stop sign and kills your passengers, then you’re completely at fault and the sober driver gets off Scott free.

Jerbehr queens
01/29/19 11:43 am

I think most states treat drugs the same as DWI unless it’s like PCP and there is proof the driver intended on killing someone. It’s unclear from the article but seems that most of the drugs were prescribed for mental issues except the Xanax.